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Trivia for Monos

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  • The film is loosely based on William Golding's Lord of the Flies. The severed head of a pig appears in the film as an homage to the novel.
  • On the face of it, the title "Monos", which is also the code name of the squad in the film, means "monkeys" to Spanish speakers. According to director Alejandro Landes, however, it refers to the Greek prefix "mono-", which means "one" or "alone", and signifies the "band of brothers" at the beginning and the "last man standing" at the end of the film.
  • Wilson Salazar, who plays the Messenger, was an actual soldier of the FARC from 11 to 24. Director Alejandro Landes found him at a reintegration program and hired him initially as a consultant, before deciding to cast him in the film as well.
  • The gender of Rambo, played by Sofia Buenaventura, who goes by Matt, is purposely ambiguous. It was originally a boy in the script, but during the casting process it became non-binary to better reflect the theme of the film.
  • Julianne Nicholson did her own stunts.
  • The mountain scenes were shot in the Chingaza National Park, which is about a four-hour drive outside Bogotá and more than 13,000 ft (4,000 m) up.
  • The jungle scenes were shot around the Samaná river, five hours from Medellín. Because of the conflict, the place was visited only by soldiers and illegal gold miners until recently, hence remaining mostly unspoiled by humans. For the cast and crew, mules carried food and gear and a family of gold miners built military tents.
  • Aside from Moises Arias and Julianne Nicholson, all of the main actors had never acted in film before.
  • Mica Levi's score consists mainly of timpani, blowing into glass bottles, and synthetic sounds.

Spoilers

  • The helicopter seen approaching the city of Medellin with Rambo is on board after he is rescued from the river bank, is a Black Hawk Sikorsky UH-60 used by the Colombian Air Force FAC. The film was made with a good deal of support from the Colombian Air Force since most of the locations in the film are inaccessible by road.
  • No stunt doubles were used in the sequence where Bigfoot and Boom Boom chase Rambo in the river rapids. The actors had buoyancy equipment and Colombia's national kayak team helped with the shoot.
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