I really liked Gareth Edwards' Monsters. It was a small story with a big backdrop, a very inventive and exciting way to tell a human story. Edwards could have made just a regular old relationship movie, but he had thegood sense to add in giant Lovecraftian beasts.
The movie cost nothing, so it ended up being quite successful. And while Monsters was unique in the story it told, it's not so unique that it can avoid sequelization. Monsters: Dark Continent is happening, with Edwards only producing this time. Tom Green is directing, but I don't think it's that Tom Green. I don't know which of the dozens of Tom Greens on IMDB it is (probably also not the one who directed a movie in 1904).
Anyway, here's the synopsis, fresh from Shock Til You Drop:
Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroadto protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won.
Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah's unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company - the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill.
The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young localwoman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that thetrue monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.
This sounds more like a traditional monster movie. I'll never turn up my nose at a giant monster film, but I did like theway the original used the monsters as a backdrop, not as a main focus.