Monsters Vs. Aliens

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DreamWorks Animation Released 2009

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Director:
Rob Letterman
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG

Monsters vs. Aliens is a computer-animated 3D science fiction film developed by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman that centers on poor Susan Murphy (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), whose dream of marrying her weatherman fiancŽ Derek Dietl (Paul Rudd) goes flat when she's infected with a radioactive energy called quantonium. Unfortunately for Susan, the quantonium turns the meek and non-confrontational bride-to-be into a nearly fifty-foot tall super strong indestructible being. She finds herself captured by the United States military, led by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland), and kept in a secret facility with the other so-called ÒmonstersÓ found throughout America over the years, including the gelatinous (and brainless) indestructible B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), the human-turned-cockroach mad scientist Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie), the ape-fish hybrid and co-ed tormentor Missing Link (Will Arnett), and the gigantically massive Insectosaurus, who's easily distracted by lights. When the alien Gallaxhar comes to Earth looking for the quantonium, Monger manages to convince the President (Stephen Colbert) to use the monsters as the first line of defense against Gallaxhar's alien technology. It seems the outcasts have to take on the shoes of heroes and Susan comes into her own as Ginormica.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    In fact "nice" is the adjective that seems to surface most in trying to pin down the film's most salient quality, which means that while the film is enjoyable enough, it is unlikel...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A film of chuckles, smiles and light amusement rather than big laughs, galvanizing excitement and original invention.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The movie is curiously unmemorable, partly because nearly all of its humor depends on your having seen something like it before, even if you haven't.

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    for the child in you, fate of the galaxy, quirky characters, epic battles, mutants