OK, I admit it. I’m one of the millions of people who fell prey to the teasers. It was so intriguing I had to see what all the hype was about!
Be warned that I might give away some spoilers here so please move away if you don’t want to be ‘spoiled’! This movie is ala Blair Witch Project. It’s shot 100% in nomal 4:3 pixel ratio so you don’t get the ultra-widescreen image. Further more, there’s hardly any editting done to the footage except to infuse CGI. Speaking of which, the execution is nice and seamless. Most of the action happens at night so you know they are following the Godzilla and War of the Worlds theory.
I don’t know about you but I feel a bit uneasy having to follow amateur footage taken like this. I found myself tilting my head to one side every once a while and it does become a bit tiring to the eyes. Iunderstand the artistic aspect of it but I can’t relate too much to the linear storyline.
But when the action starts, it really is gripping! The pace is not consistant all round with some funny bits here and there but I guess that’s acceptable to reduce monotony. This is one MONSTER of a movie… about how an alien monstrosity attacks New York City and about how a group of friends loose each other (literally) while the US Army tries their best to subdue the creature(s). It’s also a movie about enduring love and self sacrifice. Yes, you need that in a movie like this. Else you’ll fall asleep after 30 minutes!
There are no famous actors/actresses in this movie. Ony one famous director leading the pack; JJ Abrams. I must say I expected more JJ! So, how did it end? It is so bizarre all I can say is it left me feeling empty. I mean the movie is kinda exciting and arty farty but I didn’t like leaving the cinema not knowing what could have or would have transpired. It was as if JJ wanted us to formulate our own ending!
Would I recommend it to friends? For those who love city carnage, nocturnal surprises and alien intrigue please do watch this show. Otherwise stay clear! Think twice about bringing little kids too; there are lots of sh*t words uttered as well as some graphic violence throughout. 6 out of 10 in my book.
Btw, ‘Cloverfield’ has nothing to do with anything in this movie. The story goes that JJ picked the street name as the project code and since everyone started calling it that the name stuck. Eerie…