Watch: It's Desert Warfare in 'Monsters: Dark Continent' Trailer

The sequel to Monsters arrives in the U.K. in November, but will it live up to the promise of the original?

Like many Netflix households, you might have happened upon an aptly titled monster flick and thought, “Sure, why not?” As it turned out, that was time well spent. Sci-fi fans have waited patiently for the sequel to Monsters, the award-winning 2010 film from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.  

In the first installment, it’s been six years since NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. Per the film’s official synopsis: “A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain ‘the creatures’ … Our story begins when a U.S. journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone to the safety of the U.S. border.”

The result was a fresh, thrilling personal story set against the lush backdrop of filming locations in Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Gareth served as his own DP, production designer, and VFX artist. Much of the script was improvised with non-actor extras and bystanders who happened to be nearby when the six-person crew came through—without permission. It also launched the mainstream career of star Scoot McNairy, who has since appeared in 12 Years a Slave, Argo, The Rover, and the upcoming Gone Girl and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. He also stars in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.

So the sequel should be a sure hit, right? Not so fast. 

For starters, writer-director Gareth Edwards has been busy conquering blockbuster territory. Since the success of Godzilla, he is slated to lead Godzilla 2 and an untitled stand-alone Star Wars film. Directing duties were passed off to Tom Green (not that onethis one) with a script from Jay Basu, who has three previous credits on IMDB, none of which you’ve ever heard of. 

Then there’s the title: Monsters: Dark Continent. Insert your own Michael Bay joke. 

And this time around, the trailer shows us an all-out alien invasion wreaking havoc on the planet, but really the Middle East, and its going to take some tough guys from Detroit to save the world. Think Jarheads (Jarheads 2, maybe?) meets Battle Los Angeles (aiming for the Tom Cruise version of War of the Worlds). 

Here’s the official synopsis: 

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency. 

Let’s just hope Monsters: Dark Continent brings more substance than firepower to theaters when it premiers to U.K. audiences on Nov. 28.

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