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Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

Only in Theaters April 5.

Oscarģ nominee Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire) achieves an astonishing, tour-de-force feature directing debut with an action thriller about one manís quest for vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimize the poor and powerless.

Inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage, Monkey Man stars Patel as Kid, an anonymous young man who ekes out a meager living in an underground fight club where, night after night, wearing a gorilla mask, he is beaten bloody by more popular fighters for cash.

After years of suppressed rage, Kid discovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the cityís sinister elite. As his childhood trauma boils over, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash an explosive campaign of retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him.

Packed with thrilling and spectacular fight and chase scenes, Monkey Man is directed by Dev Patel from his original story and his screenplay with Paul Angunawela and John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World).

The filmís international cast includes Sharlto Copley (District 9), Sobhita Dhulipala (Made in Heaven), Pitobash (Million Dollar Arm), Vipin Sharma (Hotel Mumbai), Ashwini Kalsekar (Ek Tha Hero), Adithi Kalkunte (Hotel Mumbai), Sikandar Kher (Aarya) and Makarand Deshpande (RRR).

Monkey Man is produced by Dev Patel, Jomon Thomas (Hotel Mumbai, The Man Who Knew Infinity), Oscarģ winner Jordan Peele (Nope, Get Out), Win Rosenfeld (Candyman, Hunters series), Ian Cooper (Nope, Us), Basil Iwanyk (John Wick franchise, Sicario films), Erica Lee (John Wick franchise, Silent Night), Christine Haebler (Shut In, Bones of Crows) and Anjay Nagpal (executive producer of Bombshell, Greyhound).

Serving as executive producers are Jonathan Fuhrman, Natalya Pavchinskya, Aaron L. Gilbert, Andria Spring, Alison-Jane Roney and Steven Thibault.

Universal Pictures presents a Bron Studios production, a Thunder Road film, a Monkeypaw production, a Minor Realm/SíYa Concept production, in association with WME Independent and Creative Wealth Media.
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This looks fucking badass!
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I made it about halfway through the trailer.

I don't want to see the whole movie and will check it out wherever it ends up streaming.
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Trailer was interesting, but what an awful title. Clearly this movie takes itself seriously, but will audiences with a title like Monkey Man?
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Re: Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

Originally Posted by Osiris3657
Trailer was interesting, but what an awful title. Clearly this movie takes itself seriously, but will audiences with a title like Monkey Man?
I'd been ignoring it because of the title. I chanced upon the Superbowl ad and now want to see it.
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Re: Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

this looked really good to me. almost John Wickish.
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Re: Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

Reviews coming in from SXSW: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/monkey_man
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Tickets are on sale but they're still splitting the premium screens with KongXGodzilla. What is available is inconvenient for me.
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Re: Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

Apparently this movie was finished a couple years ago and whoever owned the film sold it back to the producers or some such story.
Peele is a producer and he has changed some aspects of the movie to not offend a specific country of people?




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Apparently this movie was finished a couple years ago and whoever owned the film sold it back to the producers or some such story.
Peele is a producer and he has changed some aspects of the movie to not offend a specific country of people?
Interesting. I noticed in the filmís wiki that filming wrapped in March 2021, so three years ago. It also says Peele bought the film from Netflix and replaced the score. Getting a potentially good movie out of the Netflix swamp isnít necessarily a bad thing, but yeah, three years would suggest thereís more to the story.
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Originally Posted by dex14
Reviews coming in from SXSW: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/monkey_man
Out this week. Reviews are very strong.
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Re: Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

Doesn't look like my cup 'o tea. Mix of Fight Club and Bloodsport.
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Re: Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

I enjoyed it. Pretty impressive directorial debut by Patel. It’s basically the Indian John Wick. Lots and lots of bloody kills. If you weren’t a fan of the John Wick series, then this might not be for you. For the most part, it’s a straight forward revenge plot. But it does try to get into some deep Indian lore.

My only complaints are that it might have been a little bit too long. Also some of the cinematography of the early fight scenes are a little rough to watch and shake a lot and might make those who get motion sickness nauseous.

Not the best action movie I’ve seen, but a solid B from me. The last 40 minutes or so is straight up mayhem.

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It was alright. Too long, IMO. Could've trimmed 15 to 20 minutes of it off... but it still shows promise for Dev as a director.

It seems every action movie that comes out now gets called a John Wick comparison and it feels so reductive. This didn't seem like Wick to me. It's more in line with Korean revenge films... which apparently was an influence for Dev.
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Re: Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

Originally Posted by dex14
It seems every action movie that comes out now gets called a John Wick comparison and it feels so reductive. This didn't seem like Wick to me. It's more in line with Korean revenge films... which apparently was an influence for Dev.
Much of the film reminded me of A Bittersweet Life (2005).

Sounds like the pre-COVID production was incredibly troubled:

https://variety.com/2024/film/news/d...as-1235955606/
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I saw this tonight in Dolby Cinema and it was a lot of fun.


The most unexpected kill was the one with some random bystander walks
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right into an axe to the neck.

My audience literally screamed/gasped at the same time!
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Didn't know anything about this (I thought it was going to be a horror film). The first forty minutes had me riveted, but once the ridiculous fighting started my interest waned. If the guy is so invulnerable he can receive multiple life-threatening injuries, only to shake them off in seconds to continue fighting like Superman there isn't much tension or excitement. Maybe if I knew more about the film I would have been more receptive.

Strange thing about my matinee: I thought I was going to be the only one in the audience, then just before it started two other people walked in. But then when it was over and the lights went up, I was the only person in the theatre. Not sure if I somehow missed seeing them walk out or if this is a ghost story.
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Re: Monkey Man (2024, D: Dev Patel, P: Peele) S: Patel

I thought this was a mixed bag. The John Wick comparisons are obvious (the movie even specifically name drops John Wick), but it's a pretty different sort of movie.

Monkey Man is far more ambitious, at least thematically. It's also not wall to wall action as the trailers might have you believe. Dev Patel tried to make a revenge fight movie that also says something about class/culture/politics in India. You can tell that this being his first film, he had a lot of ideas, both in terms of theme and filmmaking, and tried to get them all on screen.

While it's never incoherent, it feels a bit messy at times. This was originally a Netflix movie that they bailed on only for Jordan Peele to come to the rescue and "fix it" for Universal and I think you can see the seams. When it's good, it's pretty good, but there are some dull stretches and I didn't live the hyper kinetic editing of the action scenes. That said, I do look forward to seeing what else Patel might have up his sleeve.


Originally Posted by TomOpus
Doesn't look like my cup 'o tea. Mix of Fight Club and Bloodsport.
This is almost nothing like Flight Club or Bloodsport. There's an underground fighting ring aspect to the story, but it's a relatively small part. This is a revenge movie with a heavy dose of Indian politics and culture.
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
Doesn't look like my cup 'o tea. Mix of Fight Club and Bloodsport.
those two films together are a male's wet dream.
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You should see Monkey Man. It’s basically the Indian John Wick and it was awesome.
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These John Wick comparisons are going to be the problem I have with these action movies going forward John Wick ended with number four for me. Iím also tired of seeing the same old unstoppable killer action type guy.


Iím ready for something new and fresh.

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Originally Posted by d2cheer
These John Wick comparisons are going to be the problem I have with these action movies going forward John Wick ended with number four for me. Iím also tired of seeing the same old unstoppable killer action type guy.


Iím ready for something new and fresh.
This is definitely not just simply an "Indian John Wick".

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