Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette
Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller
RunTime: 1 hr 25 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: PG (Some Disturbing Scenes)
Official Website: www.cloverfieldmovie.com
Opening Day: 17 January 2008
Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party
the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends
upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video
camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive
the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.
Short Movie Review:
is an incredible adventure as seen through the eyes of ordinary
folks surviving a monster’s onslaught on their city.
It’s akin to riding those theme movie rides in theme
parks except the seats aren’t moving and we are forced
to swallow some romance subplots with plenty of bad handheld
video camera footage. The ironic part was that the appearance
of monster didn’t really amount to any importance at
all and it simply boils down to the fear factors that mankind
face while trying to not get squashed.
has one the most successful marketing campaign over the internet
since Snakes on a Plane and the Blair Witch Project (BWP).
With a closely guarded secret of their unrevealed monster(s),
Cloverfield is causing a fanatic frenzy over the net on what
is the monster like. However it should be remembered that
the US remake of Godzilla also kept it’s version of
their monster a secret till the day it opened and we all know
how it turned out.
Cloverfield lived up to it’s hype?
definitely not a dud like Godzilla but there are number of
factors that were major detraction from enjoying the movie.
will be moments where you might want to strangle the cameraman
for his exceptionally lousy camera skill. It’s already
a known fact that this film was trying to utilize this style
of amateurish filming to create the form of “believable
reality” (that’s made famous by the BWP), but
sometime too much of the shaky cam is just not a good thing.
It’s not as nausea inducing as BWP but it’s frustrating
when it spends too much time shooting feet and other bad shots
instead of the horror that’s stomping around the city.
We already know that what it’s trying to do so could
we get less of those horrible shots of what’s happening
and spend more time on the monster instead? The frequent lousy
shots just made it less inclined to be watched again.
there are the romantic subplots involved in this movie. It’s
understandable that we need to feel for the characters and
there’s a need for the character’s motivation
to spend more time than needed in a city that being invaded
by monster. But could we cut down the time of the romance
in this supposedly “retrieved” hand held camera
footages? Although there were some nice touches with mixtures
of the old and new footages, there were just too many of these
“romantic” moments that begged to be fast forwarded.
Personally it’s just unbelievable that there are people
who are willing to hang around after witnessing what had just
happened, not matter how close or romantic involved that this
film is trying to sell.
than those two major detracting factors, Cloverfield did well
enough to create the “believable reality” of a
monster invading New York City. The tension and the peek-a-boo
looks at the monster brought the viewers right into the midst
of a city under attack. The amazing sound system of the theatre
also helps enable the viewer to feel the wrath of the monster’s
attack and together with the big screen, it makes this movie
a thrilling one to catch and that’s one entertainment
that only a good cinema would be able to provide.
likely that Cloverfield will generate a bunch of cult like
followers that will inherit the net with their stringent observation
of the film or theories on what might had happened before
and after the events in Cloverfield. For the general viewers,
just catch the hype, see what’s the monster like and
it’s likely that one will not be too disappointed with
the overall outcome.
(Cloverfield feels like a thrilling movie theme ride mesh
with overlong romances and overdose of extreme bad camera
Richard Lim Jr