For the Brazilian screenwriter and director Alejandro Landes, the dramatic thriller “Monkeys” is so far the third work in the career of a filmmaker, but he has already established himself as a strong author who knows how to not only present the harsh reality “on paper”, but also to film it vividly, as if on a daily basis cruel.
Critics from the first work of Lejandro Landes, the documentary project “Cocalero” noted and singled out the peculiarity of the scriptwriter and director to tell life stories realistically and without embellishment, and the film “Monkeys” is a repetition of the success of Alejandro Landes, only from an artistic perspective, and this is a saga about survival somewhere high in the mountains of Latin America, a rebel group of commando teenagers with such “loud” callsigns as Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom Boom, and others involved in military exercises.
The premiere of the film took place on January 27, 2019 at the Sundance Film Festival, and was awarded a special jury award. Also, the film was included in a special application from Colombia for the presentation of the Goya Award in the nomination “Best International Film” and from that moment, rave reviews flew ahead of the movie rental.
The official note reads: “On the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator review site, this movie received an approval rating of 91%, based on 43 critical reviews, with an average rating of 8.03 / 10. The consensus reads:“ No matter how great, “Monkeys “They make us worry, worry and worry about the essence of human nature and what can happen if everything is left to chance.”
Film critic Dennis Schwartz wrote this film “An Endless, Atmospheric, Gloomy and Exciting Nihilistic Thriller about the Children of War and the People Surviving in a Military Meat Grinder.”
So, this story is about how a group of young partisans, or commando rebels, or just bandits, captured an American woman somewhere in Latin America (the country is unknown, but supposedly Bolivia or Colombia). At the same time, her child is in captivity, but where is unknown.
A group of guys is hiding in a mountain refuge waiting for a further order on the radio from an unknown commander (the voices of those giving orders are constantly changing). The children are very bored and they spend time having fun as they can – they shoot from semi-automatic weapons, play football blindfolded, invent various rituals and indulge in love joys. They abandoned their real names, all eight have colorful and sonorous pseudonyms – Smurf, Lady, Swede, Dog, Rambo, Wolf, Boom Boom and Bigfoot. The woman captured by them very annoys them, especially after the radio crashed when they tried to escape, on which they received instructions for their further actions …