Genres: Action, Sci-fi,

Rated: PG-13

Country: USA

Year: 2008

Runtime: 90 minutes

Studio: Bad Robot

Review done by: Serial McKiller
Online since: February 20th, 2006
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Starring: Blake Lively, Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Stahl-David,
Odet Jasmin

Director: Matt Reeves

Synopsis: Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from
the point of view of a small group of people.


Hyped up as much as any summer movie you can think of (although
lacking it's fast food tie-in's, Mountain Dew ads and random plopping on
the side of your TV screen while watching 'Heroes'), with a cast of fresh
faced newbies and being backed by J.J. Abrams, director of 'Mission:
Impossible-III', the upcoming 'Star Trek' and creator of 'Lost' and 'Alias'.
Cloverfield ought to be a magnet for harsh criticisms and complaints
about everything. But the truth of all truths is that it lives up to it's hype
and is an outstanding modern monster tale that has pretty solid
character work to back it up. You basically know the scoop, everyone's
meeting at Rob's apartment in Manhattan for a going away party. His job
is having him move to Japan and his best friend Hud is video tapping
testimonials from everyone for Rob to view later, when the earthquake
hits, and the news comes on talking of a capsized oil tanker near the
statue of liberty.

Then all hell breaks loose as everyone has put it, and well because, that's
the only way to put it. But every bit of it is exciting to watch. Yes it'll
take a few minutes for your eyes and mind to adjust to the whole
shakiness of the digital camera, but once it does it becomes the fifth
character running through New York while a giant beast crushes tanks
and repels rockets. This is an epic monster piece, done on a smaller level,
with less money and is more or just as effective as the multi-hundred
million dollar ones. This is a survivalist movie that's not with military
generals or scientists or even with the local sheriff and his band of small
towns folk taking up arms with him to fight the good fight. These are
normal people in the big city when the big one hit. The characters are for
the most part relocatable and very likeable. You always feel for these
people walking through dark tunnels and going down back alley's with
people screaming for them to turn back.

And all this done for that Rob can try to save his friend Beth in Mid-Town
who they know is bleeding and trapped in her apartment. Sure there's
some melodrama, but it's all for the greater good. Another really amazing
feature to me is director Matt Reeves' ability to get realistic sort of
handheld shots that are also iconic. Shots like empty New York or the
terrific trailer shot of the horse and carriage strolling through the
decimated city. Even the completely empty subway sequences and
department store ones that gave me the same chills as seeing London
completely dead in '28 Days Later'. Now lets talk creature. It's not what
anyone has guessed or hinted at. It's something (to quote many AICN
writers, because they're right about this) is like something from H.P.

It also has smaller creatures that run about doing all sorts of nasty
snarling, jumping, biting and infecting. Not that this thing needed any
more help killing people. It's an original design and one that should be
highly noted. "Cloverfield" comes at a time for me where I've just finished
seeing a dozen survival films with creatures. From '30 Days of Night' or
'The Mist' to 'I Am Legend'. While I enjoyed some of those, I can say
that none were quite as geeky fun and original as this. It ends the way
something like this should with it's extra bang, but not without it's
characteristic charm and wit. It should also be noted that this is Abrams'
company Bad Robot's first big production and hopefully it'll continue with
superb work like this, that's just thrilling, fresh and a whole lot of fun.

Overall: 9/10
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