Ape Vs Monster (2021)

Lizard monster on the rampage!
Lizard monster on the rampage!

A space capsule lands in the New Mexico desert and Dr. Linda Murphy (Arianna Scott) identifies it as a secret US-Soviet deep space probe that was launched years ago: it was a joint mission to try and make alien contact.

Poster
The Asylum definitely knows how to sell its movies

Now this capsule has landed back on Earth it is discovered that the chimp inside it is still alive after all these years… and now it is starting to grow in size! Alien green fluid that causes the ape to enlarge is then ingested by a local gila monster and it too begins to grow. Linda, along with her estranged father Noah and Russian astrophysicist Eva Kuleshov (Katie Sereika), find out that a spaceship from the Andromeda Galaxy is controlling the creatures and, presumably, wants to cause a collapse in the US government by sending the monsters to wreck havoc in Washington.

The movie endlessly cuts back to an aerial shot of the Langley Research Centre
The movie endlessly cuts back to aerial shots of the Langley Research Centre

Abraham, the giant-size chimpanzee, becomes free of all alien control and finally fights the lizard monster in Washington and, after it wins the fight, the authorities decide not to kill the ape, allowing it to live in a base outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Abraham is captured for a while
Abraham is captured for a while

APE VS MONSTER is a mockbuster from The Asylum, obviously intended to cash-in on the release of GODZILLA VS KONG.

This scene ain't too bad, but it's far too brief
This scene ain’t too bad, but it’s far too brief

The special effects are not totally bad for a release from The Asylum, which isn’t saying much, that must be admitted! The lizard monster and the spaceship are acceptably rendered, though Abraham the huge chimp looks, for the most part, rather poor.

The lizard-monster looks kind of okay...
The lizard-monster looks kind of okay…
...and the briefly-seen alien vessel is okay too...
…and the briefly-seen alien vessel is acceptable-looking too…
...but the giant chimp always looks kinda ropey
…but the giant chimp always looks kinda ropey

For some reason Abraham just grows larger but still looks like a chimp, but the gila monster evolves into a kind of bipedal dino-monster when it enlarges, even though characters continue to refer to it just as a gila monster.

Monstrous gila monster
Monstrous gila monster

The biggest let-down with the movie is the fact that there’s very little interaction between the monsters, despite the title, with a very brief battle between the creatures occurring at the very end of the movie.

The lizard critter reaches Washington...
The lizard critter reaches Washington…
...and we finally get the monster battle the movie title promised
…and we finally get the monster battle the movie title promised
Fight!
Fight!

Eric Roberts looks pretty careworn as National Security Advisor Ethan Marcos and he has to deal with some pretty clunky dialogue, much of the movie’s running time is padded out with talky scenes, and disappointment cannot really be avoided, thanks to the fact there are not that many monster scenes interspersed throughout the movie.

Eric Roberts
Long shot of the monsters in Washington
Long shot of the monsters in Washington

So, pretty much what you’d expect from a film made by The Asylum. If you like these cheesy SyFy Channel-type mockbusters, this is definitely the movie for you.

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