A portal transports Cpt. Artemis and an elite unit of soldiers to a strange world where powerful monsters rule with deadly ferocity. Faced with relentless danger, the team encounters a mysterious hunter who may be their only hope to find a way home.
Going into this movie, I expected mindless fun. Only, it was just mindless...
Milla Jovovich is back kicking ass fighting creatures - or monsters if you will. From the script to the execution thereof, this was incomprehensible. The fight scenes between Jovovich and Tony Jaa were oh-so-childish, annoying, and painfully American. So Hollywood...ugh! The silly attempts at humor further ruined the movie. So much so, in fact, that I often found it almost unwatchable. There were so many scenes just making up time, that could easily have been cut.
The editing is incredibly bad. The visual effects will have you raising an eyebrow. There was so little going on in this movie apart for people running away, monsters appearing, more running, more monsters... I was so bored. I mean, I literally hit the forward button at times!
This film is a complete jumbled mess, using bits and pieces of so many other movies. How many movie references did you spot? Transformers. Clash of the Titans. Chronicles of Riddick. Pirates of the Caribbean. Tremors. Love and Monsters. Jurassic World. Godzilla.... wow, doesn't say much for originality, does it? I mean, there literally is no plot whatsoever. It was just a bunch of ideas thrown together. Seriously...?!
The ending screams for a sequel. Please not!! Oh, this was atrocious!!!
Would I watch it again? No, please no more!!!!
Reviewed by kluseba8 / 10
Relentless Action with Fascinating Characters in a Dystopian Universe
Monster Hunter is an international fantasy film based upon a video game of the same title. I haven't played said video game but watched a few trailers and playthroughs and realized that it might not be my cup of tea. The movie however offers intense entertainment that should appeal to a wide audience.
The story of the film is rather simple and frankly stated not very important. A group of soldiers is looking for a unit that has disappeared without a trace. They get caught in a devastating sandstorm and are transported to a parallel universe. Here, the soldiers discover the remnants of the unit they have been looking for. The members of the lost unit seem to have died gruesome deaths. The new group of soldiers, led by headstrong, resilient and tough U. S. Army Ranger Captain Natalie Artemis start to investigate and soon discover different types of gigantic monsters that destroy everything on their way. Their rescue mission has now become a challenging quest for survival.
This movie convinces on numerous levels. First of all, the film's special effects are truly captivating and best enjoyed on the big screen. The landscapes look dystopian, the monsters appear to be menacing and the numerous fight scenes with different types of strategies and weapons should keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
Up next, the acting performances are surprisingly great even though few words are spoken. Milla Jovovich is still the most talented action movie actress to be around and oozes with charisma, credibility and strength. Tony Jaa shines as mysterious Hunter who has trouble communicating with the protagonist but slowly uncovers a touching background story. Veteran actor Ron Perlman only appears in the opening scene of the film and in the final third but he portrays his commanding, gritty and rough character The Admiral with much conviction.
The movie has a perfect length of one hour and forty-three minutes and entertains from start to finish. There are no boring, repetitive or slow moments. The film might lack depth regarding the plot but excels in the action and fantasy departments.
Monster Hunter is a perfect movie if you feel like switching your brain off and enjoying a fast-paced ride through a dystopian universe. This film convinces with its compact length, convincing performances by the cast and breathtaking special effects. Both fans of the video game and those who had never heard of it beforehand like myself can easily enjoy this dynamic movie.
Reviewed by Leofwine_draca3 / 10
How is this guy working?
Incredible that Anderson's films do well enough for him to keep on making them. He takes a break from flogging the dead RESIDENT EVIL franchise to make a stereotypical monster film with his wife Milla Jovovich (who else?). The whole film essentially consists of people running away from giant CGI FX, repeated until the very end. Poor old Tony Jaa plays in support and is humiliated by Jovovich throughout (as if she could ever take him). Perlman's head appears amid the incessant FX. If you want to see this kind of story done properly and with good humour, check out TREMORS.