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Monster (2003)

Monster

Overview


Genre

Drama, Crime

Release Date

December 26, 2003

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

111 min.

Production Budget

$8 millions

Studio

Newmarket Film

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Patty Jenkins

Producer

Mark Damon, Donald Kushner, Clark Peterson, Charlize Theron, Brad Wyman

Screenwriter

Patty Jenkins

Starring

Story


In a revelatory performance, Charlize Theron stars in the shocking and moving true-life story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute executed last year in Florida after being convicted of murdering six men. While Wuornos confessed to the six murders, including a policeman, she claimed to have killed only in self-defense, resisting violent assaults while working as a prostitute.

Bravely burrowing beneath the tabloid headlines about America’s first female serial killer--and the media’s sordid designation of Wuornos as an unrepentant monster--in the midst of the horrors and pathologies, first-time writer-director Patty Jenkins unearths an unlikely love story between two misfits.

Nearing suicidal despair, Wuornos wanders into a Florida bar, where she meets Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), a young woman sent by her parents to live with an aunt in order to --cure her homosexuality " Wuornos" victim of a tragic, abusive upbringing--quickly falls in love, and clings to Selby like a life preserver. Unable to find a legitimate job but desperate to sustain her relationship with Selby, Wuornos continues working as a prostitute. When one of her johns turns violent, Wuornos shoots the man in self-defense; the first in her tragic string of killings.

Shot in many of the actual locations where Wuornos committed her crimes between 1989-90, in its grittiness, verisimilitude, and hard-won empathy for its antihero, Monster is reminiscent of the great, iconoclastic American films of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Co-starring Bruce Dern, Monster succeeds as searing social commentary, road movie, and, most profoundly, as love story. Theron’s ferocious, fully-committed work--astounding physical transformation matched by unerring psychological acuity--is sure to surprise audiences familiar with her work, and in writer-director Jenkins, Monster heralds a major new filmmaking talent.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..brilliant, breathtaking..”
by Andrea Chase [Killer Movie Reviews]
“..eerie..”
by Eric Harrison [Houston Chronicle]
“..an excruciating, exacting portrayal..”
by Carol Cling [Las Vegas Review-Journal]