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MONSTERS (12A)

JAMES Cameron please take note: you don’t need to spend $200 million to smack an audience’s gobs.

British writer-director Gareth Edwards challenges the conventional thinking that bigger is always better when it comes to special effects-laden science fiction films with his ultra low budget feature debut.

With a background in visual effects, Edwards sent ripples through the industry a couple of years ago by creating impressive digital trickery in his bedroom for a fraction of the normal cost.

Now, the innovative filmmaker makes the seamless transition to the director’s chair with Monsters, a brilliantly executed thriller reminiscent of Cloverfield, which puts various multi-million dollar blockbusters to shame.

Gareth Edwards and a small team, including two actors, travelled to Guatemala and Mexico with a skeletal script, a camera and boundless enthusiasm.

The crew found locations they loved and improvised scenes, intending to stitch everything together in the editing room, where hundreds of special effects would be added to evoke a futuristic world in which aliens and humans live side by side, segregated by massive concrete walls.

STAR RATING: ****

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