REVIEW: Cloverfield (2008)

Summary: The movie is basically supposed to be a tape (SD card, actually) that the government found in the ruins of New York City. For the next 80 or so minutes, its like having a glimpse into the worst day of anyone’s life. It’s no spoiler to say that a monster attacks New York, and panic ensues.

The story (yes, there is one) is one of bravery, friendship, and love. One of them feels so strongly about this girl that he is willing to brave the chaotic city and the monster within to save her.

Thoughts: I really got a kick out of this movie. I felt that following a regular guy through this attack was a great idea. Yes, you are left in the dark on a lot of what happens elsewhere in the city, but that makes it all the more scary.

A lot has been said about the camera work, or lack thereof. Its supposed to be just a guy with a video camera, so there are few shots that are stable and there are even several shots of people’s feet. The camera was disorienting and I did get some motion sickness. I would bring some dramamine if I was going to see it again or wait for the DVD. But I wouldn’t have respected the movie as much if it wasn’t filmed this way. They took a risk, and as vomit-inducing as it is, I think it paid off.

I’m trying not to spoil anything, so I can’t say too much.

There is no soundtrack, so there’s no cheating when it comes to scares. Things appearing aren’t punctuated by a high violin note, they just appear.

The monster is scary. There is literally no other way to describe it. I’m looking forward to seeing some comics or something that explain its origin a bit more.

Overall: If you can stomach the camera, its worth every penny.
4/5

BONUS: Attached to the movie is the teaser trailer for the new Star Trek movie, directed by JJ Abrams (creator of “Lost” and producer of Cloverfield). There’s not much in the teaser, but there shouldn’t be or it wouldn’t be a teaser now, would it?

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