Movie Review: Monsters vs. Aliens

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Monsters vs. Aliens Summary

In Modesto, California, Susan Murphy is going to be married to news weatherman Derek Dietl. Just before the ceremony, she is hit by a meteorite from a destroyed planet, and its radiation causes her to glow green and grow to an enormous size of 49 feet and 11 inches with her hair turning white during the wedding. Everyone at the wedding escapes through the front door before the church collapses, and Derek gets knocked out by several planks of wood, but giant Susan saves him. A U.S. military detachment tranquilizes and captures her. She awakens in a top-secret government facility that houses monsters of which the public are ignorant, where she meets General W.R. Monger, the Army officer in charge of the facility and her fellow monster inmates: Dr. Cockroach Ph.D., a scientist who became half-human, half-cockroach after an experiment gone wrong; B.O.B. (Benzoate Ostylezene Bicarbonate), a brainless and living mass of blue goo that is a result of a food flavoring mutation; Insectosaurus, a massive bug mutated by nuclear radiation standing 350 feet in height that attacked Tokyo; and The Missing Link, a prehistoric 20,000-year-old macho fish-ape hybrid who was thawed from deep ice by scientists. Susan, called “Ginormica” by the government is forbidden any contact with her friends and family, leaving her feeling increasingly isolated and lonely.

On a mysterious spaceship in deep space, a squid-like extraterrestrial villain named Gallaxhar is alerted to the presence of quantonium, a powerful energy source on Earth, and he sends a robotic probe to retrieve it. The probe later lands on Earth, where the President of the United States attempts to make first contact by playing “Axel F” for it, but the probe goes on a destructive rampage, heading straight for San Francisco, despite unsuccessful attempts by the U.S. Armed Forces to destroy it. Monger convinces the President to grant the monsters their freedom if they can stop the probe and become heroes. In San Francisco, the robot detects the quantonium radiating through Ginormica’s body and tries to take it from her, putting many lives at risk. At the Golden Gate Bridge, Insectosaurus, The Missing Link, Dr. Cockroach, B.O.B., and Ginormica manage to destroy the giant robot by using parts of the bridge itself.

Gallaxhar sets a course for Earth to obtain the quantonium in person while the now-free Ginormica returns home with her new friends and reunites with her family. However, her companions alienate themselves from Ginormica’s family due to their inexperience with the real world, while Derek breaks off his engagement with Ginormica by claiming that he cannot marry someone who would overshadow him and his career. Initially heartbroken by this breakup, Ginormica finally realizes that her life as a monster was even better than she thought and promises to Dr. Cockroach, The Missing Link, and B.O.B. to never underestimate herself again. Suddenly, Ginormica is pulled into Gallaxhar’s ship by a tractor beam. Insectosaurus tries to save her, but he is shot down by the phasoid cannons, seemingly killing him.

Onboard the ship, upon learning Gallaxhar was the one who caused danger in her town and hurt Insectosaurus, Ginormica furiously breaks free from her prison cell and chases down Gallaxhar, only to be trapped by a machine that extracts the quantonium from her body, shrinking her back to her normal size but failing to change her hair back to normal. Gallaxhar then uses the extracted quantonium to create clones of himself in order to launch a full-scale invasion of Earth. Monger manages to get B.O.B., The Missing Link, and Dr. Cockroach on board the ship, where they rescue Ginormica and make their way to the main power core where Dr. Cockroach sets the ship to self-destruct to prevent the invasion. All but Ginormica are trapped as the blast doors close and she personally confronts Gallaxhar on the bridge. With time running out, she sends the ball of stored quantonium down on herself, restoring her monstrous size and strength. After rescuing her friends from being crushed to death by the power core, they flee the ship and are rescued by Monger and Insectosaurus, who has metamorphosed into a giant butterfly. The ship then self-destructs, killing Gallaxhar and his army.

Returning to Modesto, Ginormica, B.O.B., The Missing Link, Dr. Cockroach, and Insectosaurus receive a hero’s welcome. Hoping to take advantage of Ginormica’s fame for his own career, Derek tries to get back together with her and gain an interview, but she rejects and humiliates him on live channel. Monger then arrives to inform the monsters that a new monstrous snail called “Escargantua” is slowly making its way to Paris, France after it fell into a French nuclear reactor, resulting in the heroes taking off to confront the new menace.

Monsters vs. Aliens Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Forgettable movie.

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