2/04/2008

Movie Review: Cloverfield


Finally, the movie review to the movie that intrigued me since last year.

Cloverfield is a very interesting piece of work from producer J.J. Abrams and director Matt Reeves. It's about a group of young men and women surviving a monster attack in New York City. There is little (and I mean little) information about the monster-- where it came from, why New York, how did it arrive to the planet, is it alien or a genetic anomaly-- are questions that are not truly answered.

The movie's main concept is also a fresh take on the monster movie genre. All throughout the movie, it is seen from the video camera lens, with all the recording skips and jittery movement. So in essence, the movie is one big documentation project, or even a home video gone wrong.

The movie's cast is a bunch of fresh faces (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller) and I can live with that. What I can't though is that the movie leaves too much for the viewer to filter and sift through the action and find the story. People with motion sickness may find discomfort in the movie initially, but the literally stabilizes eventually.

Is Cloverfield worth the hype? Thank goodness it pulls through, albeit barely. Otherwise, six months of anticipation may have gone to waste.


Rating: 4/5


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