"Monster" is about a female serial killer that Patty Jenkins directed. The serial killer is a woman who has had to provide for her brothers and sisters so she took to prostitution. Then, when she was an older teenager, she's at a party with them and some of the guys start talking about what she does for money and instead of sticking up for her, her brothers and sisters make it clear that they're ashamed of her.
So she's got no family. She has no where to live and we first see her under an overpass. She decides she's going to kill herself. Charlize Theron plays this part and if you think, "Oh, she's a good actress," then you haven't seen the film. "Good" is way too weak a word for Charlize's acting in this film. So back to the plot.
She goes to a bar to get out of the rain. The bartender doesn't want to serve her. She's rough and he doesn't think she has money. She shows some money and gets a beer. It's a lesbian bar. Christina Ricci has been watching her and goes up and talks to her. At first, Charlize snaps at her and is rude to her.
Then they talk. Christina invites Charlize back to her place (an apartment in a garage behind a house -- her aunt and uncle's house). Charlize has to leave in the morning after the aunt discovers her but they make plans to meet up at a roller rink.
Charlize has made clear she's not a lesbian. But the kindness Christina showed her is like nothing else she's seen. And she tries kissing Christina at the roller rink and they really make out. But Christina can't take her back because her aunt and uncle will freak. Charlize says she'll get them a place that night (Christina supposed to be leaving town, going back to her dad).
So Charlize returns to hooking but with a purpose. She needs to make enough money to get them a motel room for a week and some food for that time. She's hooking like crazy and trying to get done to get back to Christina at the appointed time which is now approaching. But a man comes along who wants to pay big. He takes her to a woody area and then knocks her out. She awakes tied up with him getting ready to rape her and he wants it to hurt he tells her. He goes off to get something and she realizes she can get her hands free. The gun she was going to kill herself with is in her purse. She grabs it and shoots him. She freaks out. When she calms down, she cleans the blood off of her (blood from where he hurt her, her scalp is bleeding the worst). She's got all the money in his wallet and his car. She's way late though.
She drives to Christina's and taps on the window. The uncle and aunt here and come out and Christina says she just fell off the bed. They go back in and Christina's mad at Charlize but ends up leaving with her -- without any explanation from Charlize.
She doesn't know that Charlize got beat up, let alone that she killed a man.
So they're a couple. And Charlize begins killing other men for money.
I won't spoil the end but I will tell you it's based on a true story.
And I will tell you that Christina is really good.
But I will stress that Charlize is flat out amazing.
This is up there with Jane Fonda in "Klute," that's how great Charlize Theron is. She won the Best Actress Oscar for this film and she deserved it. This one of the all time great performances. By an actor or an actress. Charlize just disappears in the role and you end up -- or I did -- crying for her character. I mean this film wiped me out. It hooked me like few ever do.
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