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Monos (2019)

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Critic Consensus: As visually splendid as it is thought-provoking, Monos takes an unsettling look at human nature whose grim insights leave a lingering impact.

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MONOS, Alejandro Landes' third feature, is a survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels -- bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom -- who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force know only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and within MONOS the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever-dream.

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Julianne Nicholson
as Doctora Sara Watson
Moises Arias
as Patagrande
Julian Giraldo
as Lobo - Wolf
Karen Quintero
as Leidi - Lady

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It's clear from the start that Landes is out to make a tragedy about innocence lost and the wickedness of political movements that rule by remote control with the capriciousness of Greek gods. He's succeeded brilliantly.

June 25, 2020 | Full Review…

The performances from the young cast are vivid and utterly credible, yet the conspicuously metaphorical nature of the context eventually becomes wearisome.

October 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Monos is gorgeous, but it is also lucid as hell. And it all happens at lightning speed.

October 28, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Monos, in its surreal power and persuasiveness, deserves to be called a sci-fi epic of the here and the now.

October 23, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Muscular filmmaking. Physically shaken, in a good way.

October 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[A] gorgeously shot, haunting look at human nature at its fraying edges.

October 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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