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All she could do was save the world.

Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway leads the latest from filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows) as an unemployed woman who, for some reason, can remotely control a giant monster that's tearing up South Korea. Co-stars Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses).

Gloria (Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.


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Action, Science Fiction, Thriller


Rating: M Mature themes, violence and coarse language

Canada, Spain

Weaving together unlikely subject matter, the Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis-led Colossal is perhaps the most audacious effort yet from writer/director Nacho Vigalondo - which says something off the back of time travel, alien, and online voyeurism pics. Principally, it’s a film about Gloria (Hathaway), a woman returning to her small American hometown and confronting her unhealthy relationships with men and booze. And then, half a world away, there’s also an enormous monster terrorising Seoul - somehow linked to Gloria and her actions.

Colossal is at turns comic, darkly dramatic, occasionally uncomfortably threatening - and that’s just the non-monster stuff. Vigalondo displays a keen sense for depicting alcoholism, one that doesn’t oversell the pathos, and the same can be said for his cast. Hathaway’s range is on show here as she treads a fine line between funny and miserable, hopeless yet capable of change, while Sudeikis, playing a recently reunited childhood friend, serves up a superbly evolving performance as he peels away the more complex layers to the initially easy-going Oscar. And, in an often-amusing supporting role as Gloria’s recent ex, Dan Stevens continues to put distance between himself and his former life as Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley.

So, what of the enormous monster? Despite not attacking Japan, it’s firmly akin to their kaiju monster genre in scale, impact, and human response. Colossal’s not the new Godzilla or Pacific Rim, though, with low emphasis on effects-based action. It might be optimistic to think those that come for the monster action are caught up in the emotion and humour elsewhere. The Seoul-based sequences are inseparable from Gloria’s narrative, and one of the film’s many pleasures lies in how they interweave right to the end. Audiences would be missing out on something really special here if they overlook the emotional punch Colossal packs out of any concern about sitting through a "silly" action movie. It’s much bigger than that.

Hollywood Reporter


The cast's likability keeps us on board, watching the sometimes baffling behavior onscreen...

Time Out London


For better and worse, you won't have seen a movie like Colossal before, and you won't again. And that, in itself, is a strong recommendation.

Variety (USA)


Seems made for satirical treatment yet is executed with an increasingly awkward semi-seriousness the characters aren’t depthed (or likable) enough to ballast.

FilmInk (Australia)


This is what would happen if Pacific Rim and When Harry Met Sally had a baby, and it’s freaking awesome.

New York Times


"Colossal" ... wrings a great deal of fun - and also some genuine terror, by no means all of it monster-related - from its blithely bizarre conceit.

The Guardian (UK)


Given the bizarro conceit, there’s something surprisingly, and frustratingly, safe about the film.

Village Voice (New York)


Engaging ideas bubble up every so often in Colossal, a film that carries out magical thinking to its extreme. But the audacity of its conceit is inexorably tamed, becoming an all-too-familiar lesson on saying no. (Graeme Tuckett)


In my notebook I've scrawled "this would make a great Spike Jonze short film". Which sounds about right.

NZ Herald (Alex Casey)


An odd film that may feel disorienting to some, but it's also a totally original conceit that dares to tackle a little thing in a gigantic way.

Intriguing film

The trailer made it seem like something lighthearted, which is one thing it most certainly isn't it's actually quite dark and disturbing or maybe that's just my take on it. I enjoyed it a lot , all I can say I'm really thankful for that ending because I was worried. Don't see it if you think this is purely a monster flick, it's far murkier than that

Left then right then up then down....

Goes a little all over the place. However that's what makes this not the usual monster "Godziiiirrrrraaaaa!" film. Hathaway does a good job and the film is enjoyable.