OUT 21 july / CERT Pg / 80 Mins director Leopoldo Aguilar cast Phillip Vasquez, Fiona Hardingham, Roger Jackson, Katie Leigh
LUCAS (VASQUEZ) THINKS he’s a normal boy, living with his jovial dad (Jackson) in a normal way. The only mild oddity is that every day both he and Pops have to take medicine for a non-specific condition. When Lucas neglects to take his, he discovers it stops him assuming his real monster form. True identity revealed, Lucas goes on a journey to find his actual home and learn about his past. But this quest is not the thrill it might be. it’s cute but not especially novel, and treats having the idea as enough, using its monster setting to make an overplayed story seem more interesting than it really is. For a film about a kid with dual identities, Monster Island struggles to establish just the one.