Written and Directed by Patty Jenkins, Monster is the account of Americas first female serial killer Aileen Wuornos who killed seven men in 1989. The film is not a portrait of her entire life, rather a look at the period where she finally lets the horror she suffers while working as a prostitute turn to violence against men. The film pulls no punches and certainly doesn't try to paint the killer in favourable light, instead we are given the knowledge of what pushes this woman over the edge and allows the viewer to understand why it happened the way it did.
Charlize Theron is Aileen and provides a stunning performance where every part of Aileen is brought to life, Theron is unrecognisable in her portrayal of the serial killer. The movie opens with Aileen about to kill herself under a motorway bridge, but she can't pull the trigger and instead she meets Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), and Aileen sees this as an opportunity to try and live a normal life with her friend and they become lovers. When neither of them manages to find employment Wall asks Aileen to go back to prostitution to raise the cash they need, but instead Aileen falls victim again being raped and kills her attacker. Her inability to further be with men means that every encounter turns violent and things run out of control.
Through excellent performances from Theron and Ricci along with fast pacing and direction from Jenkins, Monster is one of the best movies of the last year and although uncomfortable watching at times is highly recommended.