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Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter 2020 Full Movie Reviews

RELEASE DATE

December 25, 2020

DIRECTOR

  • Paul W.S. Anderson

WRITERS

  • Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Kaname Fujioka

CAST

  • Milla Jovovich
  • Tony Jaa
  • T.I.
  • Meagan Good
  • Diego Boneta
  • Josh Helman

Monster Hunter takes its time to offer frenetic glimpses of the unnamed Hunter (Tony Jaa), who has also been stranded on this wasteland and seems to know a thing or two about slaying these vicious beasts. When the Hunter sees Artemis, he inexplicably attacks her viciously, which leads to a long, senseless fight sequence that is neither terrible nor impressive to behold. Eventually, the two team up, gradually bonding through signs, grunts, and a peace offering of chocolate by Artemis, as the Hunter does not speak a word of English. The absence of dialogue is not necessarily detrimental to a cinematic narrative, when done well, such as in Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius and the Robert Redford-starrer, All is Lost. However, the absence of dialogue or the presence of entirely pointless ones in Monster Hunter steers the already-bungled premise towards a major narrative misstep.

Diablos, the apex monster of the Wildspire Waste, makes several appearances throughout the first-half of Monster Hunter, without being helmed by the labyrinthine mythos that enriches the video game, which ultimately spurred players to invest their time in slaying the beast. After a certain point, the narrative seems especially rushed, marked by the introduction of Hunter’s bilingual shipmate, The Admiral (Ron Perlman), who essentially bombards Artemis with heavy exposition, completely unsupported by worldbuilding or compelling visual cues. The result is a mangled mess of monster mythos and rules that emerge way too late in the narrative, which eventually leads to a final showdown rife with too many quick-cuts and CGI-inconsistencies. Anderson decides to end Monster Hunter mid-battle, clearly with the intention of a sequel that is to be a cog within yet another soulless, money-churning franchise.

MONSTER HUNTER SYNOPSIS

Behind our world, there is another — a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new world, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In her desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, terrifying attacks, Artemis will team up with a mysterious man who has found a way to fight back.

 

Duration: 103 min

Release:

IMDb: 5.3