It’s hard to believe that Paul W.S. Anderson is the guy who did EVENT HORIZON. You look at his oeuvre—films like MORTAL KOMBAT, DEATH RACE and DEATH RACE 2000, and 74 out of the 76 RESIDENT EVIL movies—and that one doesn’t fit. He’s known for dumb action/Horror/Sci-Fi flicks, not intelligent, polished output. MONSTER HUNTER is certainly in the same camp as all those other flicks. It’s dumb, alright, but it’s also something those other films are not: it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
Mr. Anderson has largely made a career out of video game-inspired zombies. Seriously, how many RESIDENT EVIL movies have there been now? I’m not being hyperbolas; I honestly have lost count. I liked the first one well enough, but felt no desire to see any of the subsequent ones. I felt the story was complete, but that dead horse sure had a lot of meat left on its bones, and Anderson was all too happy to continue to beat upon it. With MONSTER HUNTER he exchanges video game-inspired zombies for video-game inspired kaiju. It was a good trade. MONSTER HUNTER is pure spectacle; it’s loud, frenetic, almost nonstop action and utterly lacking in most of the ingredients that are typically necessary to make a movie successful. Here, though, it doesn’t matter. It’s cinematic junk food, but damn, it’s tasty!