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    June 9, 2009

    Reno Reviews MONSTERS VS ALINES

    ENGLISH - (18PL) - 14 May 2009 - Comedy
    Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures
    Running time: about 105 mins.
    Director: John Hamburg
    Producers: Donald De Line, John Hamburg
    Writers: John Hamburg, Larry Levin (Screenplay)
    Casts: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jaime Pressly, Andy Samberg
    Plot: This film centres on a guy (Rudd) about to be married, whose fiancee (Rashida Jones) is calling all her friends to be in the wedding. Realising he has no friends, he starts to go on man-dates to find a best man; and finds one in Segel.

    THE VERDICT:

    Reno Ooi says:

    WARNING FOR SPOILER! "Monsters vs Aliens". The first time I came across this title, I though it was a mock on "Aliens vs Predators". But after watching the trailer, it was clear that this is a very original movie, from characters creation to story-line. However, I doubt that it can become a successful franchise like "Ice Age" even though there are still some good things in it.



    The plot is simple to enjoy. Human kinds are facing an alien invasion problem and monsters that military kept for years would be help them for solution. Finally, just like other cartoons, the ending always be positive-- monsters won the fight and human kinds are saved. The characters in the story are interesting and cute, which make a simple story-line enjoyable. In the movie, you can see those monsters with cute names, like Prof Cockroach PhD, Insectosorious, BOB (which stands for Bicarbonate Ostylezene Benzoate) etc. , each with its unique and funny origins . Voice over of those characters also help in building up the story, including Hugh Laurie and Kiefer Sutherland, some actors who we are familiar with.

    However, the humour part of the story is somehow very lame, still yet it makes you laugh. Since the movie protrays Gernomica (human name Susan) as the main character, her character is kinda serious person and honestly, I don't like her very much. She suppose to be a woman getting married, but she still act like an innocent girl. Instead, most of the scenes when you'll laugh are when those other four monsters appear. Indeed, I think the other four monsters are characters that really make this cartoon a comedy and attract audience's attention.

    No matter what, it's still a cartoon -- a comedy cartoon. Even though it fails to stand out among other Dreamwork's productions, give it a break and watch it just like any other lame comedy, which means leave your brain at home. It is optional for movie-addicts for watch it or not, since there are many other blockbusters on list.

    THE RATINGS.....
    CAST
    - 3.0 stars

    STORY
    - 3.0 stars

    CINEMATOGRAPHY - 3.5 stars
    EFFECTS - 3.0 stars
    an overall>> 3.0 stars
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