Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
It’s a good time for fans of giant monsters. There are the big guys on movie screens, in Pacific Rim and the upcoming Godzilla. But there are more monsters stalking the internet. The Enormous pilot, based on the graphic novel by Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour, finds a small group of altruistic human survivors in the streets of Phoenix a year after the one-two punch of giant monster attacks and a viral outbreak decimated society. As the group looks for other survivors, they have to deal with less friendly humans, and the appearance of a monster that dwarfs them all.
The pilot doesn’t have the resources of a film like Godzilla, so it takes a pretty straightforward setup and milks it for tension and action. This does a great job of focusing on a small, connected set of conflicts as they represent the dangers of being among the last humans on an Earth stalked by monsters. Small performance details keep our focus on the survivors’ plight, and prime the situation for the inevitable appearance of a gigantic beast.
Here’s the pilot, from Machinima.
BenDavid Grabinski (Cost of Living) directed from a script by Andre Ovredal (Trollhunter).
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