In a nutshell: Seen from the perspective of a group of friends with a video camera, this is a thriller about New York thrown into chaos by the attack of a mysterious monster.
AMIDST the post-festive kid’s drivel and the Oscar-baiting message flicks, there’s always room for something new. Cloverfield has been described as a true original, but there’s nothing here that hasn’t been tried before. Most people know the twist by now and in spite of the teaser trailer’s playful approach I just found myself waiting for the film to get going. But when it did I was massively impressed. The handheld camera works so well at pulling the viewer into the action. The film comes from the creator of ‘Alias’ and ‘Lost’. The excellent TV pedigree means the film is knowing, clever and imaginative. Cloverfield’s short runtime means that the monster is revealed quickly and it’s too sudden for you to feel dread or emotion. But it means the action hits just at the right time. So what we’re left with is a brilliant romp with scares galore.
A SURPRISE party in Manhattan turns into a nightmare for Rob, when the love of his life arrives on the arm of her new fiancée. His brother and his best friend film the event on a handheld camera and, after a few drinks, persuade Rob to go after her. Then the action starts. To say anymore about the plot would spoil the film. So I’ll just urge you to see it. Part Godzilla, part Blair Witch, part Friends; it’s a dramatic, spectacular movie that feels like a top-notch rollercoaster. It’s a fun ride too.
The use of Handycam-style footage – complete with ropey editing, dodgy angles and delayed focus – is the film’s central premise. Every quirk of home movie making is used to build excitement and create laughs. There are no star names, it’s short and it unsuccessfully tries to engage us with the characters. But who cares! It’s unforgettable cinema.
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