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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the squeamish..., July 14 2004
This review is from: Monster (DVD)
I'd been wanting to see "Monster" for a while. Once I did, I wasn't so sure if that had been a good idea or not. I knew to expect a lot of blood, sexual stuff, and a ton of emotions, but I was looking more for something of a TV movie nature. However, I will not take away from this movie's many cinematic achievements. It is a bold drama that takes many risks in the movie business--the casting of a beautiful starlet (Charlize Theron) as a murderous prostitute, the shooting of realistic love scenes between two straight actresses, and the list goes on....
The result is a twisting, turning, story with unbelievable outcomes. Since it is based on actual events, "Monster"'s negative portrayal of the sex trade is that much more astounding. For many viewers, this may be a "reality check"-type glimpse into the often-glamorized world of prostitution. Instead of bling-blinging and living a high life, Theron's character, Lee, resorts herself to "bathing" in public restrooms and stealing money and cars. She can't even afford to pay for a beer, let alone decent meals and a room at a scummy motel. Viewers can totally tell that Lee hates prostituting as well, and that she may never have fallen into such a life if she had gotten more love during childhood.
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