When Coming-of Age Collides with Asteroids and the End of the World in Love & Monsters

Ever since the creation of film as a storytelling media, humanity has always been on the edge, or just past, near-extinction due to some massive calamity. It doesn’t matter how many times that topic gets touched, someone manages to take a spin on it and somehow create something entirely new. Even television has in the last oh, ten or so years, jumped on the bandwagon with the incredible success of love is important than money essay alesse price without insurance popular dissertation introduction writers services for mba https://internationalfocus.org/university/thesis-about-filipino-time/1/ essay paragraph order viagra free sample airport essay topic source site https://heystamford.com/writing/dissertation-advisor/8/ descriptive essay on the beach see classicthesis package firefighter writing paper english editing service india see go to link https://reprosource.com/hospital/nizagara-150/72/ professional custom essays writing service make cover letter apa style abstract page example viagra usos y recomendaciones watch http://yogachicago.com/pills/buy-imitrex-without-prescription/25/ business case write up clipart stack of papers https://www.rmhc-reno.org/project/chemical-equation-for-essay-with-phases/25/ how to write intent letter viagra schweiz best chemistry help sites https://www.nationalautismcenter.org/letter/best-paper-ghostwriters-for-hire-for-phd/26/ http://www.danhostel.org/papers/review-paper-example/11/ get link The Walking Dead which doesn’t show signs of fizzling anytime soon.

Now we get Love & Monsters, a good little popcorn movie to tune your brain out of the artsier batch of movies usually coming out in packs via virtual cinema platforms.

This one takes the scenario of an asteroid headed for Earth — one that Armageddon famously tackled a little over 20 years — and instead of keeping the story hinging on when it might hit, it goes a different direction. Taking a cue from how man-made chemicals insect repellants have made bugs immune to them over the last 20 or so years and have even managed to create superbugs, South African director Michael Matthews and screenwriters Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson have posited the scenario that Earth, in trying to save itself from the lethal asteroid, launches rockets to slam into it. In the process, while the asteroid does get deflected and destroyed, the chemicals that created these rocket ships have fallen back to Earth. Now all cold-blooded creatures have become horribly mutated into grotesque, gigantic forms, and well… most aren’t friendly.

Hence, the Earth’s population has now been reduced to a tiny fraction.

Several years later we meet Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien), a kid barely out of his teens living in a bunker with other survivors. Due to his fear paralysis Joel has been relegated to cooking food and basically keeping house while his friends go out risking their lives to ensure survival. A reconnection with his still-alive girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick) stirs up the gumption in him to go making a trek across 85 miles of unknown terrain to reunite with her at the colony she’s staying with.

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Armed with just the basics, Joel’s journey seems doomed from the start when he has a series of rather icky encounters with giant deformities. However, meeting a rather smart dog and two survivors (one of them played by the reliable Michael Rooker) toughens him up and lays out the blueprint on how to make it alive without dying halfway.

This is a fun movie and I had no expectations for it other than to sit back and simply enjoy its simple adventure. It is clear that this seems to be geared more at a younger crowd due to the lightheartedness of its story because no matter how large the mutant insect, it never once seems terrifying as, for example, the giant creatures of Frank Darabont’s The Mist. An encounter with a talking robot induces all the feels reminiscent of Wall-E, and the appearance of a giant crab somehow inexplicably triggers memories from Ray Harryhausen had he had access to CGI. Dylan O’Brien seems to be channeling a younger Logan Berman (they even have somewhat similar faces), and his character, who goes from completely clueless to heroic, has a strong depth despite the story’s superficial limitations.

Give this one a look-see. I on my end, had a blast. [B+]

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