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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, Lobo
Karen Quintero
as Leidi, Leidi - Lady
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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (37)

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…

There are allusions to William Golding's Lord of the Flies, but that fine novel, and Peter Brook's 1962 screen adaptation, though also elliptical, provided far more satisfying drama than Landes somewhat frustrating epic...

March 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's something ... of Werner Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath of God in Colombian director Alejandro Landes's surreal, wildly beautiful third feature.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Narrative details of Monos are opaque; instead, the film focuses on the shifting power dynamics of this adolescent group, playing out like a fusion of Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…
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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…

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