Monday, January 21, 2008


This afternoon The Hubs and I went to see Cloverfield. If you don't know anything about this film, it's the widely-anticipated film by JJ Abrams that first made a buzz during the summer. I did not see the trailer that was hooked onto Transformers, but as soon as it was leaked onto YouTube, I watched it over and over again. If you're still not familiar, here's the trailer for your enjoyment:

I absolutely LOVED this film. From the minute it started til the second it ended I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen. Now, keep in mind, I am not a 1) SciFi fan or 2) a monster movie fan. But man, Cloverfield was amazing. The shaky handicam visuals were slightly annoying at first, but then I got used to it. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the film, and at one point, I had to take a hold of The Hubs's hand and squeeze it tight. It was that intense.

I thought the fact that unknown actors were cast in the leading parts was a smart idea (a la Blair Witch). It was shot entirely by one camera (or so we are made to believe). A camera that takes a beating but keeps on filming. That was a little hard to digest, but whatever. The monster was huge and gross and scary and some of the most stressful/tense scenes involve the monster. There's hardly any blood or gore (which is a plus for me) but there's a lot of screaming and running and freaking out. The CGI is pretty damn good and you really believe that Manhattan is being destroyed. And wrapped up in it all is a love story, which I never thought would be in a film like this.

If you're a big JJ Abrams fan, or if you don't even know a thing about this film, I urge you to see Cloverfield. It's 90 minutes of pure adrenaline. I left the theater wanting to pay another $6 and see it again right away. Yes, it's that good.

1 comment:

Sornie said...

Just hearing that someone had seen it and liked it convinced me enough that I'll go to it next weekend. Thankfully I didn't see any spoilers or... well, use your imagination.