Movies set in a post-apocalyptic setting can either go one of two ways: either they're dreary, miserable affairs that force us to reflect upon the ill-doings of society and what could potentially lead to such a catastrophic event - or they have a lot of fun with their absurd premise. Movies that fall into the latter tend to provide oddly unique styles of entertaining audiences, notably Zombieland, Warm Bodies and The Maze Runner (well, the first one anyway). Love And Monsters now falls into that latter category, and while it's not exactly on the level of Zombieland - which is easily one of the best in that sub-genre - there's enough charm here to win you over.
Love And Monsters begins with Earth being threatened by an oncoming asteroid. Humanity does what it knows best and launches a bunch of nukes into space to destroy the threat. While the mission was successful, radiation fell from the sky and caused animals and insects to rapidly grow to unnaturally monstrous sizes, thus eradicating nearly 95% of the human race. The remaining humans have gone into hiding in underground bunkers, avoiding the surface which has now been dominated by these monsters. Well, that's until the love-struck Joel decides he wants to see his girlfriend again after seven years, who lives in another settlement many miles away. Joel ventures out onto the surface, befriends some travelers and a dog, and battles the unknown in the name of love.
[Dylan O'Brien's] likable on-screen presence and natural charm as an actor instantly makes him a relatable, down-to-Earth protagonist...
This is a film about connections, about the people...
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16 October 2020
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