Movie Review – Monos (2019)

Monos, 2019.

Directed by Alejandro Landes.

Starring Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofia Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Julian Giraldo, Laura Castrillón, Deibi Rueda, Paul Cubides, Sneider Castro, Wilson Salazar, and Jorge Román.


On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Monos is a fictional story that might as well be real, and I wouldn’t be surprised if similar real-life stories do exist. In an undisclosed location seemingly somewhere in South America, Alejandro Landes’ film depicts a brotherhood of teenage soldiers tasked with watching over an American engineer hostage (Julianne Nicholson) while performing rigorous guerrilla military training at the orders of an Organization (the mysterious unseen group at the top of the commanding chain) member known simply as Messenger (Wilson Salazar). Living conditions are not much more appropriate, as the soldiers create makeshift underground nests and look after a single cow given to

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