MonsterDirector: Patty Jenkins, Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern
Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who becomes a serial killer. Aileen Wuornos (Theron) was a woman who survived a brutal and abusive childhood in Michigan to become a thick-skinned but emotionally damaged adult. Homeless most of her life, Wuornos subsisted by working as a street prostitute; later, when she was in Florida, down to her last five dollars and pondering suicide, she stopped into a bar for a beer. There, Aileen met Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), a woman in her early twenties who had been sent to live with relatives after her Christian parents became aware of her lesbian lifestyle. Selby is immediately attracted to Aileen, and while Aileen tells Selby she's never been in a lesbian relationship, she soon finds herself equally infatuated with her. Selby runs away from her family and moves into a cheap hotel with Aileen, who initially pays the bills by hooking. However, as their money runs low and Aileen finds herself unable to land a regular job, tensions mount between the two. One night, after a john attacks her, Aileen pulls a gun and kills the man. Although her first murder can be categorized as self-defense, Aileen's loathing for the men who pay her for sex becomes so extreme that she begins killing her customers regardless of their behavior. Meanwhile, Selby slowly becomes aware of the full extent of her lover's instability and the bloody consequences of her actions. Monster was inspired by the true story of Aileen Wuornos, whose life and death was chronicled in two documentaries by filmmaker Nick Broomfield, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, and Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer.
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Cast & Crew
|Charlize Theron||Aileen Wuornos|
|Christina Ricci||Selby Wall|
|Scott Wilson||Horton Rohrbach|
|Pruitt Taylor Vince||Gene|
|Lee Tergesen||Vincent Corey|
|Annie Corley||Donna Tentler|
|Marc Macaulay||Will Grueser|
|Marco St. John||Evan|
|David Allen Cluck||Asst. Director|
|Peter Devlin||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Andreas Grosch||Executive Producer|
|Stewart Hall||Executive Producer|
|Sammy Lee||Executive Producer|
|Edward Mcavoy||Production Designer|
|Shawn R. McFall||Set Decoration/Design|
|Rhona Meyers||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Howard Paar||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Orvis Rigsby||Art Director|
|Meagan Riley-Grant||Executive Producer|
|Andreas Schmid||Executive Producer|
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One of the best movies I have seen ! Charlize truly is the star of Africa ! She makes us all proudly South African ! The movie is scary but the actors are excellent !!!
Grabs you from the start and only gets better. I can't say enough about Charlize Theron. She is absolutely amazing in this chilling role and Christina Ricca has a great supporting role. A must see movie.
It has been a long time since I have seen such an outstanding performance by an actress in a film. Charlize Theron does a magnificent job in her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos. She deserves every bit of praise she's received for this role. It is an intriguing story...in spite of the outcome. A very well done film. Very well done !
This is one of the best movies I seen all year, it just feels so real, I couldn't not take my eyes of it!!
This is by far the best movie I have ever seen. As a very critical viewer such as myself, I definately give this movie 5 stars. Charlize Theron's dedication to the film is absolutely amazing. For someone to have gained 30 pounds, shave their eyebrows, and fry their hair, it would've been an insult for her to have not gotten a Golden Globe. GREAT gift idea. You go, Patty Jenkins.
Charlize Theron's portrayal of Aileen Wuornos is absolutely OUTSTANDING!!! She really dug deep into her heart and gave it all she had. I love this movie so much. I bought the regular and Special Edition, with deleted scenes that just make you feel- what have done with your life, this woman at least had a dream, a small one, but nonetheless a dream.