MONSTERS OF MAN (2020) Reviews and overview

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Monsters of Man is a 2020 Australian science-fiction action feature film about an animatronic army being tested in the jungle.

Written and directed by Mark Toia – making his feature debut after a career in commercials – the movie stars Neal McDonough, Jessica Blackmore, Kayli Tran and Jose Rosete.

Publicity blurb:

“In his stunning directorial debut, Toia combines non-stop action with powerful special effects to explore AI, corruption and the terrifying possibilities of future warfare.”


A robotics company teams up with a corrupt CIA agent undergoing an illegal, unsanctioned military operation. Dropping four prototype robots into a suspecting drug manufacturing camp in the Golden triangle that no one will miss. The mission is to prove the robotics company is worthy of winning a lucrative military contract.

Six doctors on a good cause mission witness the brutal slaughter of an innocent village and are forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse as they become the new targets…


“It’s a very simple story and one that doesn’t need you to be locked in for the duration of the runtime. Speaking of the runtime, I could have used 20 minutes less of the movie as it felt like it did a couple laps of the same thing during the second act. The robot visuals were cool, though, and there was a substantial amount of blood and gruesomeness.” Bulletproof Action

“Behind its brutality and pointless story, Monsters of Man has fresh story potential for its genre. If only the script were worked out more patiently, this film could compete with other big science fiction films. There is one memorable moment. Even though it’s uncomfortable to watch when the robot analyzes human organs by dissecting their bodies to find out their existence.” Montase Film

“The effects are a mix of practical body parts and CGI blood spray. The CGI is better than usual but still obvious […] On the downside, Monsters of Man is too long by about fifteen to twenty minutes. A lot of redundant dialogue and running through the jungle scenes should have been trimmed. It’s as though between inexperience and/or ego Toia thought everything he shot should be used. And while the robots make good adversaries, their human masters are more laughable than threatening.” Voices from the Balcony

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Available worldwide December 8th 2020.

Cast and characters:

Neal McDonough … Major
Jessica Blackmore … Fielding
Kayli Tran … Tien
Jose Rosete … Boller
Tatjana Marjanovic … Wendy (as Tatjana Alexis)
Jordy Tulleners … Dez
David Samartin … Foster
Taylor Leigh Edwards … Angie
David Haverty … Kroger
Conrad K. Pratt … Bao
Michael Goldman … Bill (as Mike Goldman)
Paul Haapaniemi … Jordan
Brett Tutor … Mason
Ly Ty … Leap
Ma Rynet … Keala

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Production companies:

MRT Films Pty Ltd
Hanuman Films
11:11 Entertainment

Technical details:

131 minutes (!)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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