Cloverfield Review

Filmed from the perspective of a single cameraman using a handheld camera, Cloverfield has been called a mix between The Blair Witch Project and Godzilla. There’s a main difference though, this movie will be enjoyable with multiple viewings (which Blair Witch is not) and this movie does not suck (which Godzilla does).

So that little comparison simply doesn’t hold water. Fact is, Cloverfield is the most enjoyable “Monster” movie in quite some time… even if it is really a thrilling action-drama.

Essentially what we have here, is a love story, with the background being a destroyed New York City. Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) portrays our hero, hell-bent on navigating his way around the destroyed city and whatever thing is out there to save the love of his life, Beth (Odette Yustman), who has been injured and can’t get out of her apartment.

All the while, panic and chaos reign as the unknown monster terrorizes the city and army tanks fill the streets.

The filmmakers and actors did a wonderful job of painting a chaotic and horrific world, one that you can immerse yourself in as you follow Rob and his friends around.

It’s a lot of panic and hopelessness, and you get wrapped up in it as you root for Rob and Beth. It’s sci-fi-ish but it’s realistic at the same time, as you can feel for the characters and what they’re experiencing as well as their reactions to the events happening around them.

Bottom line is this, if you’re looking for a different kind of movie that is pretty darn awesome and chaotic, then you need look no further than Cloverfield.

The only drawback this movie really has, is that it’s not rated ‘R’, which would have had made it a little more realistic because if the situation in the movie were real, it damn sure wouldn’t be PG-13.

That’s minor nitpicking though, mainly because I like ‘R’ movies a tad more (if I think it adds to the story, heh). This movie hit theaters with a swarm of media hype, mostly because of the secretive and mysterious nature of it. And yes, it more than lived up to the hype.

Don’t let The Blair Witch Project and Godzilla talk scare you off from seeing this new superb movie. It’s a non-cheesy and realistic “monster” movie that is a spot on your DVD shelf.

Cloverfield gets a four out of five: GREAT.

4 Stars

Review originally written in 2011 for The Vortex Effect.

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