Love And Monsters [2020] ★★★

You’d think with so many post-apocalyptic movies out there (and the fact that we live in one), there wouldn’t be any room left for something original. Ok, “Love and Monsters” isn’t entirely original (it feels like a cross between “Zombieland” and “War of the Worlds”), but it’s fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining, thanks to a committed (and, might I add, very likable) performance by Dylan O’Brien. Here’s the plot: we live in a monster-infested world now, and it’s been seven years since Joel (O’Brien) has seen his girlfriend (Jessica Henwick). They got separated when the monster apocalypse happened, and he’s about to go on a perilous journey to find her. Sounds straightforward enough. But here’s the thing: it’s hard not to root for our boy Joel, and that’s where the movie scores points. Kudos to director Michael Matthews for staging some truly exciting monster-killing sequences (seriously, this shit is good). I never thought I’d care for yet another post-apocalyptic movie, but “Love and Monsters” truly kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It’s a pleasant surprise.

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