In “Monos,” a menacing group of child soldiers train for war, taunting an American hostage (Julianne Nicholson
) as they wander a foggy, mountainous landscape. Director Alejandro Landes
’ astounding action-adventure suggests “Apocalypse Now
” by way of “Lord of the Flies
,” but the grimy, visceral survival story has been laced with a topicality that speaks to its country of origin. The Colombian production provides a snapshot of guerrilla warfare that has festered in remote parts of the country for decades.
“In Colombia, it’s a very delicate subject matter and a very delicate film,” Landes said in a recent Q&a discussion following the New York premiere for “Monos
,” which is the country’s Oscar submission. “But I wanted to talk about something that we see in Colombia but is prevalent everywhere.”
However, as “Monos” continues to generate box office in its home country, the movie has tapped into the divisive conversation