At the height of the mountains of Colombia, a group of teenage soldiers are trained and assigned to guard prisoners from the United States. The teenage group was named Monos, led by Lobo (Julián Giraldo) and followed by Rambo (Sofia Buenaventura), Leidi (Karen Quintero), Sueca (Laura Castrillón), Pitufo (Deiby Rueda), Pero (Paul Cubides), Bum Bum (Karen Sneider Castro) and Patagrande (Moises Arias). The United States prisoners they must guard, namely Doctora Sara Watson (Julianne Nicholson).
Besides being assigned to guard Doctora, Monos was also asked to look after dairy cows for their daily consumption by the Organization. Organization is described as a high party that has great authority and is at odds with the United States. The Organization sent Mensajero (Wilson Salazar) who would occasionally oversee the teenage soldiers.
Landes described Monos as emotionally unstable teenagers. Not only in temperament and irritability, but more in their exaggerated cries. In addition to anger, there are also excessive joyful screams; there are fires that are overflowing in almost all the characters.
This fire is not only in the emotional side of anger, joy, sadness and anxiety. There is also a teenage passion clearly illustrated. Even though there is a tight relationship in a love affair, like Leidi who has to ask permission to date Lobo, their teenage passion is unbearable. This erotic side was played by Lando not only in adolescents, but also in Doctora.
Erotic elements that are shown in this film are in conflict with the violence they do. In the press release of the film Monos, Landes described this group of teenagers as Colombians. Like the Monos group, Colombia is a young country, still looking for its identity and still very vulnerable. If indeed Monos reflects Colombia, the erotic elements in the film are more directed. Colombia is known as an erotic country.
When the emotions are displayed, the camera displays close-range shots that change quickly. The camera movement that continues to be always dynamic and not static is supported by scoring fast cello friction. As a result, uncomfortable and restless nuances emerge. This nuance is very much in line with what is shown in the film, the anxiety of a group of unstable teenagers. Their stubbornness creates feelings of unease for the audience, seemingly in harmony with what Landes wants. In the midst of the noise in the audience seats, we were propelled by interesting plot drawings, beautiful picture captures and excellent scene packaging.
With scenes after opening scenes that were interesting and brought so much conflict, it seemed that Landes was having a hard time resolving them in absolute terms. We feel empathy for each character, but on the one hand we know that this film will not end well. There is a feeling in the form of a desire for Doctora to survive or save the children of Monos. However, with the spread of madness from the beginning, happy endings are only fictitious hopes. Games Online dan Offline
Not to mention the great impact that was brought when Patagrande became the leader of the group. There are emotional outbursts that ensure this character will bring bad luck to the end of the story. Then, the resolution of all problems created is focused on the ending that is centered on Rambo. This figure is described as someone who has a greater sense of empathy. Naturally, if Landes tried to end the film through this character.
However, there is an unfinished feeling and satisfaction that has not reached absolute when the film ends. There is clarity that needs to be articulated again by Landes even though it has made 100 minutes so interesting and solid. There is also a great opportunity that Landes can develop in the future.