Monolith (2022) – Film Review

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Director: Matt Vesely
Cast: Lily Sullivan, Ling Cooper, TangAnsuya Nathan
Certificate: 15

By Roger Crow

Though there are echoes of other classic sci-fi movies like Arrival, 2001 and Contact, new low budget offering Monolith is very much its own movie.

Lily Sullivan (Evil Dead Rise) plays a disgraced journalist who attempts to save her career by turning to investigative podcasting. But is a strange artefact really linked to an alien conspiracy?

Well, that would be telling, but this slow-burn drama is a brilliantly crafted yarn which keeps you watching throughout because of its simple format: mainly one actor in an impressive Grand Designs-style house interviewing mostly unseen people about weird black bricks that seem to dominate their life. So yes, it is a bit like those urban myth movies like The Ring, in all its incarnations.

Sullivan does a great job of sustaining the attention throughout, which was a big ask considering the bulk of the movie rests on her shoulders.

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“Growing feeling of unease”

The protagonist’s descent into madness is also an inevitable character development, and when my buffering screener went blank, I did wonder if it was part of the movie or just a bad ‘net connection. It turned out to be the latter.

Written by Lucy Campbell, and ably directed by Matt Vesely, this is a fabulous slice of intelligent drama which blurs the lines between fantasy, horror and psychological thriller.

Eschewing the ‘quiet, quiet BANG’ format that so many filmmakers opt for, instead there’s a growing feeling of unease. You never know where this is going, which is very refreshing, and one of the final shots involving a turtle is hugely satisfying.

For my money it’s one of the best thrillers of the year.

Monolith is on digital platforms now

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