Ever since news broke that Paul W.S. Anderson, the director behind 1995's Mortal Kombat and the Resident Evil movies, would be helming a live-action Monster Hunter movie, hesitation kicked in. I was only partially excited at the prospect of seeing these creatures finally come to life on the big screen, and altogether just having enough momentum to actually become a movie since the video games were (and arguably may still be) quite niche. After seeing the movie, some of my fears were put to rest. Monster Hunter is a fun, mindless action romp that does its roster of monsters justice, though leaves a lot to be desired too.
Note: This review is completely spoiler-free.
The story starts with a group of American soldiers in an undisclosed desert location who are suddenly whisked off to a strange new world by way of a massive electrical storm. The group's captain, Milla Jovovich's Natalie Artemis, takes center stage as they all soon realize that the new world they've been teleported to is inhabited by terrifying monsters out to kill them. Artemis meets a solo hunter named, well, Hunter (played by Tony Jaa), who teaches her the ropes and together, they set off on an adventure to return Artemis to the real world and close the portal before more monsters begin to leak into our world.
There's little attempt at world-building here, and the few instances where it does try to offer more meat to its world, it's glossed over in a blink.
Black Diablos and Rathalos, who play big roles in the film, look and sound marvelous.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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17 December 2020
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