Reviewed byPerlmpVote: 8/10/10
For the Sci-fi creature double feature lover, this movie has it all.Similar to Sharknado in its characters. Wonderfully entertaining. Basedupon on a story of a girl that receives a pet monkey as a gift. The"gift" is not what intended, but proves to be a terror to the localtown. Acting in this movie was actually very good for the content. Themovie constantly moved and did not have any moments of lull. Wouldenjoy seeing a second film of this. Setting of movie in Kansas remindedme of Wizard of Oz, definitely because there were flying monkeys (atake from the wicked witch). These also were not the friendliestcreatures. I would recommend this if you are looking for a film that isentertaining, not too heavy.
Reviewed byGL84Vote: 7/10/10
Attempting to make up for his continual absence, a man's purchase of amonkey for his daughter turns out to be a form of demonicmonkey-creature that begins terrorizing the townspeople and must bandtogether with a group of hunters to take the creatures down.
This turned out to be a solid, middle-of-the-road offering that hadsome rather fun stuff about it. One of the better elements here is thefact that the opening shock jump doesn't kill off everyone it comes incontact with, which is a pleasant surprise as well as the film's originstory for the creatures which is far better than expected anddefinitely has some good elements for later use coming out of it. Aswell, we've got a couple fine action moments with the multitude ofcreatures swarming over their victims in town at several big scenes,and the finale at the house is quite exciting. This is still plaguedwith the usual Sci-Fi Channel atrocious CGI and gore, but as wellthere's another flaw in the treatment of the guardians' search for thecreature who seem shoehorned into the story without really doing muchand their quest at starting at the front of the chain of possessionhalfway through the movie doesn't make much sense. Overall, this onewasn't all that terrible though.
Rated R: Violence, Language and Brief Nudity.
Reviewed byTheLittleSongbirdVote: 6/10/10
I'll be honest in saying that I was expecting to hate Flying Monkeys,as with a few exceptions SyFy's movies are terrible. Flying Monkeys isnot a great movie, far from it in my view, but you can do with farworse. Admittedly, the dialogue flows poorly and reeks of cheese, thegore is very artificial-looking and trivialises the attacks rather thanadding to them and the demon hunters and their subplot felt shoehornedin and like it was just padding out the running time. There also for meseemed to be too much emphasis on anti-gun control, I liked that therewas a commentary but at the end of the day it felt overstated. However,while nothing particularly is top-drawer in Flying Monkeys there wereassets that did seem better done here than in other SyFy movies.
The movie is shot and edited reasonably competently, and while the CGIeffects are not going to win any awards and look a little goofy theyare proportioned quite well and at least they don't look like they onlytook five-ten minutes to make. The attacks are quite nail-biting andinventive, more so than usual actually, and the finale is exciting. Thefather-daughter relationship is something we have seen many times, butwas quite touching here. The story of course is weird with the feel oftwo or more stories rolled into one, also ones that together don'tparticularly mesh well so the movie did feel muddled at times, but itis not too predictable and it didn't ever bore me. The music and soundeffects fit with the atmosphere quite nicely and don't overbear thedrama.
We've seen these type of characters before, but while not all werenecessary they weren't annoying. Even Wang had his moments. And whocannot love Skippy, he is very cute though he is equally convincing asa demonic monkey. The direction shows a director with more experiencein this genre and one who knows how to keep things moving without itgetting too overly-serious or overly-comical. The acting is better thanaverage, Maika Monroe and Vincent Ventresca especially were quite good.Overall, weird but quite entertaining. A great movie it isn't, but I-and coming from someone who dislikes most of SyFy's output intensely -cannot bring myself to hate it. 6/10 Bethany Cox
Teenager, Joan gets more than she bargained for when her workaholic dad buys her a cute pet monkey who grows wings, fangs, and an insatiable thirst for blood come nightfall.