Before Gareth Edwards directed Godzilla for Legendary and Warner Bros. he did a little (it cost $500,000, which is more in line with the catering budget of a movie these days) movie called Monsters, which was what put him on the map. Seeing that the former has just been released on Netflix and I haven’t yet seen the latter, this is a good time as any to revisit that film.
It revolves around a NASA space probe that is sent to find signs of life in the universe.
Unfortunately, the probe finds what it’s looking for, though it breaks up in Earth’s atmosphere, spreading the aforementioned alien life them all over Mexico. This results in half the county being quarantined, and the United States working with the Mexicans to destroy the aliens.
Unfortunately for the Mexican and American governments, the aliens have other ideas.
Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) is a newspaper photographer, who’s trying to get pictures of the creatures that are apparently running rampant in Mexico, a task made more difficult by the fact that he also has to get the daughter of newspaper’s publisher, Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able) to the coast so that she can get out of the country before that particular route closes.
And as for leaving Mexico by water, they have only 48 hours till the boat leaves, or they’ll be stranded for the next six months.
Though that’s not quite true. They could still go overland, though the Infected Zone to the border that separates Mexico from the United States.
Though they can only travel during the day because no one wants to be out at night, when the monsters are active.