Monsters of Man

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Extreme violence, lots of death in solid killer robot movie.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 131 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

One one hand, the movie raises some interesting questions. A robot wonders: "what is life, and why is life important?" "Am I alive?" Other questions about whether those who make weapons are responsible for war and death are equally potent. But the movie also sends problematic messages by killing off many of its non-White cast members and by treating women and children with shocking violence.

Positive Role Models

Some diversity within core group of six doctors, but none are developed very deeply, and the non-White characters are the first to die, while a White male doctor becomes a hero. All of the other characters are White men, except for one White female robot developer who's brutally murdered by a man.

Violence

Characters, including women and children, die in shocking ways. Explicit gore: A robot strangles a character, pulls out their heart and brain, tears off their face and briefly wears it. Robot stomps on another character's head; blood spatters. Lots of guns and shooting. Explosions. Bloody wounds, broken leg with bone sticking out. Character's ears are blown off. Character is knifed in the back. Character stabs a woman in the stomach. Someone is hit with a metal pipe; another is blown up by a landmine. A character puts gun muzzle in mouth but doesn't pull the trigger. Kids play with toy guns. Child cries over dead parents.

Sex

Brief kissing, flirting.

Language

Near-constant extreme language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "c--ksucker," "goddamn," "hell," "ass," "damn," "pr--k," "rape," "freakin'," plus exclamatory use of "Jesus." Middle-finger gestures.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character smokes cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monsters of Man is a graphically violent movie about killer robots set loose in the jungle as a trial run for a potential military contract. It's long, violent, and not particularly kind to non-White-male characters, but the robots are cool, and it has interesting themes about accountability and life. Many characters are killed, some in shocking, gruesome ways. Expect heavy guns and shooting, explicit blood and gore, explosions, a robot stomping on someone's head, a man stabbing and killing a woman, and more. Death does have meaning here, though: A child cries over his dead parents, and other characters mourn the fallen. Language is also extremely strong, with near-constant use of "f--k," "s--t," and more. There's mild flirting and brief kissing, and a character smokes cigarettes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPlanetary September 3, 2021

Much better than expected

First off, I don't think the reviewer here actually watched the movie, claiming it's "not particularly kind to non-White-male" (sic) charact... Continue reading
Adult Written byKjfears December 24, 2020

The best!

One of the best I've seen in awhile. Riveting from start to finish. It was very realistic. It felt like it could've been based off real events if this... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2020

Meh

This movie is actually pretty decent in my opinon, but it doesn't really stand out from the rest. It had some pretty emotional moments like when Keale dies... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MONSTERS OF MAN, three engineers set up camp to begin testing four high-tech robot soldiers in the Golden Triangle area near Thailand in hopes of securing a high-paying military contract. The operation is masterminded by a crooked CIA agent named "Major" (Neal McDonough). Unfortunately, after the robots are deployed, the team discovers that a group of six doctors on a humanitarian mission are in the line of fire. Ex-Navy SEAL Mason (Brett Tutor) is also there, living off the grid. Major orders that all the witnesses must be taken out, but Mason and the doctors are ready to fight for their lives.

Is it any good?

It has its share of flaws, but this violent killer robot movie somehow manages to use its extensive running time to find interesting gray areas in between its situations and characters. Self-funded and written, directed, produced, and shot by former advertising exec Mark Toia, Monsters of Man is a combination of impressive ambition and absurd B movie ingredients. On the downside, the team of worthy, culturally diverse doctors are the least interesting characters, and the movie makes the clichéd -- and problematic -- mistake of killing off the non-White ones first. (Women and children are also killed.)

The action sequences are frequently choppy, and the violence is brutal and shocking, but at least death means something here. Plus, some of the shadier characters end up being quite fun. Familiar, icy-cool McDonough adds some spice as the evil CIA agent, answering the phone with a simple "Go." And main hero Mason actually has a human side: He's far more engaging than many of today's more highly employable action stars. The movie's effects are impressive, with the robots looking smoothly metallic and three-dimensional. And Toia uses the jungle setting to fine effect, whether it be characters trying to climb vines in a rocky canyon or hiding out in an ancient temple. In the end, Monsters of Man intriguingly leaves off with questions about weapons and violence, good and evil, death and life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Monsters of Man's violence. Is it shocking, or exciting? How do characters react to death?

  • What kind of representations did you notice in the movie? How are non-White characters treated? What message does that send?

  • What does the movie have to say about accountability regarding weapons and war? Do you agree?

  • As one robot asks: What is life, and why is life important?

Movie details

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For kids who love robots and action

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