Monolith 2022 movie

Monolith – Thrillers and science fiction, along with podcast outlines

Science fiction is only sometimes a genre requiring the multimillion-dollar production of a good movie, as we can see in Monolith, an excellent low-budget mix of sci-fi, thriller, and horror that arrived from faraway Australia in 2022.

Indeed, the whole story takes place practically in one room with only one character, the young journalist played by Lily Sullivan.

Our protagonist, whose name we do not even know, was once on the brink of success until a single misstep, a story based on unreliable sources, shattered her credibility and plunged her into a professional abyss.

However, some friends gave her a second chance by putting her in charge of a web podcast called Beyond Believable.

In this podcast, she discusses cases on the edge of reality, always in the dark zone between truth and fake news, and this obviously attracts all kinds of weird informants who swear they know and have evidence of the most unlikely conspiracies.

Then, among the numerous e-mails she receives from the public, an anonymous message catches her interest and advises her to question a woman named Floramae.

Initially wary, the woman nevertheless grants the interview and starts recounting the story of a strange black brick she had found when she worked as a maid for a wealthy family.

From this mere clue, the podcast shifts to art collector Klaus, a wealthy German who purchased the brick after the maid loses her job.

One after another, numerous people call, reporting similar experiences, explaining how the dark influence of these black bricks brought discomfort and a sense of dread into their lives.

Until, of course, our podcast hostess, too, finds one of these bricks, which will bring to light terrible truths she had forgotten long before.

A highly mysterious mystery

Wanting to briefly state the merits of this 2022 movie, Monolith is a quirky one-room/sci-fi, well-directed, passionately acted, and convincing narrative that never wastes time in unnecessary stretches and leads by the hand all the way to a solid climax where all the pieces of the puzzle come back together.

I am especially pleased to see small independent productions successfully create something unique and fascinating in plot originality and the excellent talent they bring to the stage.

We can start with the excellent direction by Matt Vesely, choosing the most effective style to develop Lucy Campbell‘s intricate script, which may not be to the whole audience’s delight but requires a somewhat different approach for sci-fi fans.

The direction maintains a swinging line throughout the story, alternating between highly static, podcast dialogue/monologue-driven scenes and more alienating moments where suspense rises by clever little details.

Along with a solid conspiracy thriller atmosphere, there are some very intensely horror peaks that, with a few special effects and clever editing, take us into the realm of full science fiction.

Even the soundtrack has a few essential sounds to emphasize the tension at the top moments, as the actual music is in the main character, Lily Sullivan, and the different voices she discusses in the podcast.

It is evident how the black monolith was a reference to the one in the more famous 2001: A Space Odyssey, again, another mystery that has never a full explanation, leaving precisely the pleasure for us viewers to draw our own conclusions.

So, if you want the story explained in every detail, Monolith may not be for you, although I found no major inconsistencies in the exciting and scary final twist.

Too much news around the nothingness of abundance

Equally striking is the parallel analysis of the ruthless world of social networking and the ever-blooming careers of various influencers, YouTubers, and podcasters.

Careers that can be born and take off with a word just as quickly as they can plummet with a single wrong syllable.

In this sense, it’s interesting that the podcast’s name, Beyond Believable, is defined by the protagonist as a “clickbait trap” seeking the attention of the most loyal global conspiracy theorists of all stripes.

Thus, the increasingly blurred line between true and fake news completely disappears, as we are all inundated with such a mammoth of daily information that it is now almost impossible to discern truth from journalistic fabrications.

Once again, I must highlight the excellent performance of Lily Sullivan, who holds the weight of the movie for the entire duration and convincingly portrays the detached cynicism of this lonely girl.

Minute by minute, this cynicism crumbles into genuine interest in the story she is constructing, until it becomes an obsession when she discovers that she and her family are part of this strange “invasion” of mysterious black bricks.

As is often the case, obsession rarely leads to anything good, just as discovering the truth does not always lead to a positive catharsis that solves any problem.

In a masterful stroke, Matt Vesely weaves a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, deftly compressing crucial aspects of the modern information system into a sci-fi/thriller. The turning points are well-paced, with each surprise revelation adding to the suspense and intrigue.

Benjamin Speed’s minimal but evocative music nicely accompanies Michael Tessari‘s blue/white photography of the aseptic and elegant luxury of the house, whose furnishings seem as devoid of personality as a furniture store catalog and, therefore, perfect for this type of character.

Monolith is an underrated 2022 movie that demands your full attention. It’s a cinematic experience beyond the surface, inviting you to dive deep into its intricacies. Watch it in solitude, like the protagonist, to fully appreciate every word of dialogue and discover the hidden details in every frame. It will reward the most attentive viewers.

Monolith 2022 movie
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