‘Monster Hunter’ Movie Review: Kill it Before it Lays Eggs!

Article by Oliver
Posted: March 04, 2021  

The Rundown

Monster Hunter is a 2020 sci-fi action film produced, written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom. The film stars Anderson’s wife Milla Jovovich and it’s their fifth time working together as director and lead actor. The other cast members include Tony Jaa, Tip “T. I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung, and Ron Perlman.

Behind our world, there is another — a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Jovovich) and her unit (T.I., Good and Boneta) to the new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover this hostile environment and to learn that the enormous and terrifying monsters are immune to their firepower.

In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.

The Review

Despite the creative ideology and inspiration from Avatar and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Director Anderson overcomplicates a simple concept by messing up some of the action sequences. And in all honesty, the film is badly edited.

Monster Hunter will appeal to sci-fi fans and those that loved Anderson’s previous work on Resident Evil, and to those that don’t mind watching earthlings and monsters simply battle it out across a fantastical realm. As for a possible sequel, we vote to kill that poorly made monster of a film before it lays eggs!

The Hits

• Exceptional VFX work and special effects.
• Enjoyable moments of humor and team spirit witnessed between Captain Artemis and the Hunter.

The Misses
• The film’s cinematic vision could have been better.
• Character development was an epic fail.
• Its heavy dependence on CGI felt more like watching a video game than a film.

OMG Moment
The highly unexpected fight scene.

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Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

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