CloverfieldMikey 6 comments
I am late getting around to watching Cloverfield, way passed all the internet hype and collective 'totally awesome film dude!' recommendations from friends and colleagues. But I don't think that's of any consequence and in fact leaving it this late I generally find it easier to review.
The story is about a giant presumably alien monster that invades Manhattan and starts running amok around town. That's it I'm afraid. There is nothing driving what little story there is along except the main characters running for their lives. It is never known where the monster came from, what its intentions are, or if there are any others.
The reason for the lack of information though is because of the gimmick that has been used from start to finish, and that is the entire film has been shot on a handycam in an attempt to provide an extra layer of realism. So with apparently no direction the protagonists are relying on what they see, which is all we see. Unfortunately it helps emphasise just how unreal it is and comes across as being shot in a very similar style to an obvious internet viral marketing campaign. You know, the ones that are supposedly 'real' but it's clearly evident that a film makers eye was behind the whole thing.
That aside, the main characters are all your typical 20-something 'Myspacers' with no redeeming qualities that are shown on film, although I am sure they are probably nice people. As a result it's difficult to care for their welfare throughout. One thing the movie did have going for it was the use of unknown actors, which I guess is necessary for a film like this.
All up I was not completely disappointed but I was mostly, and I will say it is certainly over-rated. There were a few 'that was pretty cool' moments but it takes more than that to convince me to give a recommendation.