Mon mon mon Monsters

Terrific mix of coming-of-age and monster movie exposes morally corrupt choices.

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Director | Giddens Ko

Taiwan | 2017

113 minutes

IMDB

With | Teng Yu-Kai, Tsai Kent, Liao Guo-feng

Language | Mandarin

Subtitles | English

Mon mon mon Monsters

After being bullied at school, Lim is given community service with his tormentors. Accidentally they witness a hit and run. The victim appears to be a monster, whom the group capture and torture. With the other monsters on their way, Lin has to decide to stay with the bullies or follow his heart. Terrific mix of coming-of-age and monster movie exposes morally corrupt choices.

This Taiwanese surprise hit transcends any cultural boundaries because it’s well made, well acted, scary, funny, gory and, most importantly, makes great use of its central, universal question. Because who’s the real monster here? While the director doesn’t look away from cruel and random violence and shows It all in graphic detail, the real horror lies in the choices Lin has to make. Director Giddens Ko plays deftly with his audience, manipulating them into sympathies, defying their expectations, and offering a final twist that sheds fresh light on Lin’s character. It seems that whether it’s androids or zombies or monsters, it’s somehow always mankind that falls short.