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Monster [DVD] [2004] [1 disc] [Region 1]

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  • Charlize Theron delivers a knockout, cast-against-type performance in this gritty drama, based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a down and out prostitute who was sentenced to death after killing six men between 1989 and 1990. Christina Ricci costars as Selby Wall, a lesbian runaway who forms a romantic bond with Wuornos. Inspired by her love (even though she is not gay, strictly speaking) Wuornos tries to get a real job, but after meeting with a string of humiliating failures, she returns to work as a hitchhiking hooker, killing her first victim in self-defense after he rapes and beats her. Eventually, robbing and murdering her clients becomes almost second nature and by the end Wuornos even slays a man who was totally innocent (Scott Wilson). Theron's portrayal of this dangerous yet sympathetic character ranks with some of the greatest performances in cinema. Under heavy makeup, extra weight, and a snarling countenance, she proves herself a fearless, formidable talent, completely unrecognizable from the glamorous beauty of such films as THE ITALIAN JOB (2003) and THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (1997). First-time director Patty Jenkins proves herself with this fluid and engrossing work, capturing a lot of sordid detail that other movies exploring this milieu might miss; she also wrote the script, based on actual conversations and prison letters from Wuornos. The moody, paranoia-enhancing soundtrack is by electronica maestro BT.

    Academy Awards Best Actress 2003 Charlize Theron American actress, MONSTER

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  • Credits
    Charlize Theron, Lee Tergesen, Bruce Dern, Christina Ricci, Annie Corley, Scott Wilson, Pruitt Taylor Vince
  • Critic Reviews
    "[Theron's] unforgettable performance recalls Hilary Swank's Oscar-winning turn in BOYS DON'T CRY..."
    New York Times

    "Theron gets everything out of clearly her best role to date."
    USA Today

    "[Theron's] raw and riveting performance make MONSTER an experience you won't forget."
    Rolling Stone

    "[Theron] becomes Aileen Wuornos....This isn't just a performance, it's an act of obsession..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Theron has given one of America's favorite nightmare figures a human face..."
    Film Comment

    "What Charlize Theron achieves in Patty Jenkins' MONSTER isn't a performance but an embodiment. With courage, art and charity, she empathizes with Aileen Wuornos."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Theron gets beneath the skin of Wuornos and finds her tortured humanity."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "Patty Jenkins' script and direction are grim and gristly. Superb."
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