Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield Review

Cloverfield, an ambitious attempt to show a monster movie through the lens of a handheld camera, fails for two reasons. The first is the urge by many audience members to ask why this story couldn’t be filmed in the normal way to help spur on what might be a renaissance of the monster flick that Peter Jackson’s King Kong and the Korean film The Host repopularized.

The second reason for Cloverfield‘s failure is the inability to believe that anyone short of severe mental illness would care enough for posterity to film New York’s destruction; especially since it puts the cameraman in direct danger. The guy isn’t a war correspondent’s cameraman for God’s sakes.

With all this negativity, you might want to avoid this film, but if you can suspend your belief and come to the conclusion that leaving video evidence for posterity is worth risking your life for, then you might just enjoy this film after all.


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Yell! Rating (x/5 Skulls):
Year Released:
18 January 2008
Matt Reeves
Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel
Sci-Fi, Thriller
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