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Jeff Nelson

Monster is a fervent and heartbreaking film that isn't for all audiences, but those who can handle it should absolutely watch it.

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One of the primary goals in a drama such as Monster is to pull the audience into the story. A strong film in the genre is able to use the screenplay, acting, plot, and tone to create an environment for the viewer. The audience will feel as if they were on the journey alongside the characters. Monster attempts this to create a bridge between the characters and the viewers.

An emotionally scarred highway hooker shoots a sadistic man who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer. This is based on a true story. The plot here may not sound original, but the film has some deeper contents that aren't told in the simple synopsis. Despite the horrendous acts occurring on the screen, the audience gets a deep look into the characters. I'm not speaking of their pasts, but the depth of their characters. The story here is gritty and doesn't water itself down. It's a raw and emotional film that some audiences may be disturbed by.

The leading ladies are Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. Both women are absolutely phenomenal, but Charlize Theron delivers the best performance. She won the Academy Award for this role. While Christina Ricci's role isn't quite as flashy, she does an excellent job. Both of these actresses feel natural in their roles. Charlize Theron blew me away with her execution and the outstanding emotions put into this performance. Even those who aren't interested in the story should check this out for the acting.

The tone and atmosphere here aid in delivering the raw feeling to the film. The intensity of the movie is definitely created in part by the visuals. Each time that one of the men is murdered, there is an emotional impact on the viewers. Do these men really deserve it? Monster places this out in the open and isn't afraid to show everything it needs to.

This is dark, intense, and strong filmmaking. From the moment the film began to the second it ended, my eyes were glued to the screen. The plot could be difficult for some moviegoers to handle. However, the acting is magnificent and unforgettable. The raw nature of the film creates a connection between the viewers and the film. Monster is a fervent and heartbreaking film that isn't for all audiences, but those who can handle it should absolutely watch it.

My Rating = Four Stars

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