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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 03.26.13] scifi

I didn't care much for the story at the centre of Gareth Edwards' Monsters. I found both leads grating and as much as I loved the concept of the universe Edwards created, I simply couldn't find any enjoyment in the movie. Hopefully that won't be the case for the follow-up.

Though Edwards might be busy filming Godzilla in Vancouver (worry not, I've got my eyes open for any tidbits to be gleamed from the local set), "Misfits" director Tom Green is taking charge behind the camera of Monsters: Dark Continent while Edwards plays the role of executive producer. Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley and Joe Dempsie (Gendry on "Game of Thrones") will star in the sequel which takes place a few years after the events of Monsters.

The project has already started principal photography in Jordan and we now have a full synopsis of what to expect from Monsters: Dark Continent:

Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones' have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won. Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah's unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company - the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill. The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.

The story sounds interesting enough and Green has shown some great talent behind the camera in some of the best episodes of "Misfits" so things are looking up for the project. If they can manage to keep the leads from being completely annoying, we're in good shape for a great follow up.

Via Bloody Disgusting

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