At The Movies: Crowd-pleasing mob tale The Irishman; cracker of a thriller Monos

Monos is Colombia's entry to the Academy Awards and winner of the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Monos is Colombia's entry to the Academy Awards and winner of the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival.PHOTO: ANTICIPATE PICTURES

SINGAPORE - Netflix's The Irishman might be the big awards film of the week, but before tackling that three-hour behemoth, one should consider Monos (M18, 103 minutes, opens Dec 6 at The Projector, 4 stars), a cracker of a thriller with no stars and a manageable running time.

On an idyllic mountainside in Colombia, a rag-tag bunch of child soldiers with nicknames like Rambo, Wolf, Dog, Smurf and Lady march, shoot, play football and fall in love. Calling themselves Monos, they are rebels fighting in a forgotten corner of a people's uprising.

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