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Anne Hath­away con­trol­ling a gi­ant mon­ster ram­pag­ing through Seoul with her mind.

As premises go, Colos­sal is far from run-ofthe-mill, but given it comes from the mind of Span­ish writer-direc­tor Na­cho Vi­ga­londo – who helmed twisty 2007 sci-fi mys­tery Time­crimes – per­haps it should come as no sur­prise that the story is so out there.

Hath­away’s New York party girl Glo­ria is forced to move back to her small home town, where she re­unites with child­hood friend Os­car (Ja­son Sudeikis) and dis­cov­ers her jaw­drop­ping con­nec­tion to the enor­mous rep­til­ian kaiju.

Like Drink­ing Bud­dies-meets-Godzilla, Colos­sal mashes up the indie com­edy with block­buster-style de­struc­tion to en­joy­able – but flawed – ef­fect.

Vi­ga­londo squeezes ev­ery cent out of his rel­a­tively small $15 mil­lion bud­get to film some gen­uinely im­pres­sive mon­ster ef­fects that sug­gest he’s worth a punt to di­rect a ma­jor fran­chise tent-pole.

His strange beast of a movie also never heads in the di­rec­tions you ex­pect it to; for ev­ery fre­quently dark-toned laugh there’s a sur­pris­ing turn deep into a char­ac­ter’s trou­bled physique – or crea­ture de­struc­tion.

Keep­ing the au­di­ence go­ing ev­ery step of the way is a plucky Hath­away – no stranger to this type of role via her work in Rachel Get­ting

Mon­ster may­hemHath­away has a lot on her mind

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