Monsters: Dark Continent Review
Monsters: Dark Continent is the sequel to the 2010 cult Sci-Fi Thriller; Monsters.
Set ten years on from the events of Monsters, the self-proclaimed "Infected Zones" have spread Worldwide and in the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the very same time there has been an increase in the number of monsters in the region. So the US Army decide to drab in a higher number of soldiers to deal with the insurgency.
After arriving in one of the new "Infected Zones", a small group of soldiers are sent on a high-risk rescue mission.
From the very beginning of the film, we are introduced to Michael Parkes (played by Sam Keeley), one of the forgettable soldiers that the story follows. As he narrates a brief recap of the previous years since the first film, we get a quick and lazy introduction to some of the other throwaway characters in which cliché tactics are used to try and create empathy and emotion towards these men.
After the introduction of the so-called 'characters', the film's plot becomes an absolute mess, with the monsters just thrown into the background to no effect unlike its predecessor. Monsters: Dark Continent is full of overused war clichés, an obscene amount of unnecessary bad language and a 'hoorah! - America is number 1' mentality that negates any shred of interest you had in the story up to this point. It's actually quite unbearable on several occasions.
Throughout the incredibly long and unjustified run-time of TWO HOURS, we get presented with scenes that are blatantly shoved in just to try and give some of the stereotypical characters a morsel of emotional depth so that once their inevitable demise is upon us, you are somehow meant to care for them and those around them. The way in which this is done means that you most certainly do not care.
Near the finale of Monsters: Dark Continent, the plot completely loses the audience and becomes incoherent with a blunt, sudden ending. Another major negative of this sequel is it's pacing. On several occasions, time seems to stop and it becomes incredibly boring and tedious. This is again down to the lack of story and character development.
Ultimately, Monsters: Dark Continent is far from the sequel that its predecessor deserves even with far superior visual effects due to a larger budget.
This Blu-Ray is distributed by Entertainment One and is presented in 1080p with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1
The Blu-Ray disc of Monsters: Dark Continent is a well put together package. The Main Menu screen has an interesting design and layout with all of the sub menus clear for all to navigate efficiently.
The picture quality is superb during the daylight scenes (although it does tend to fluctuate between 30fps and 60fps which can be quite distracting) but suffers from slight distortion during scenes set at night.
The sound quality is above average with the majority of dialogue audible throughout the film without having the need to manually lower or raise the volume between scenes. The same can be said for the transition between scenes of intense action and dialogue.
The extras included on the Blu-Ray disc of Monsters: Dark Continent are extremely generic and lackluster. There are only 3 extras to choose from:
The Dog Fight - VFX Breakdown (2:56)
A short interview with Seb Barker (Visual Effects Supervisor) about the visual effects behind one of the short scenes towards the beginning of the film. The audio in this extra is not good at all I think someone forgot to give him a microphone) as his voice echoes a lot.
Evolving the Monsters (8:56)
Another interview with Seb Barker (Visual Effects Supervisor) and Tom Green (Director) about how the creatures have evolved from the first film to represent the landscape and environment that they live in (Desert compared to Forest & Damp Environment in the original).
Filming on Location (12:25)
A behind-the-scenes look at a lot of the filming on location in Jordan in order to capture as much of a realistic feel as possible on a big scale. Contains short interviews with the cast and crew.
Although the overall presentation of the Blu-Ray disc is very good, the fact that the film is incredibly poor aids my decision in recommending that you give this film a miss.