Cloverfield Attacks Again

February 4, 2008

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Cloverfield, the much hyped monster movie, might be coming back. After a killer first weekend (followed by a big drop off) the creators of the film are looking to further cash in on the movie by making a sequel. REALLY? I mean I thought it was okay, as a one time thing. If the monster survived the end of this movie, how exactly would anyone even try to kill it next movie.

You can read my early review of Cloverfield here.

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Cloverfield

January 18, 2008

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So I saw “Cloverfield” this morning. As I am sure you are all intensely waiting for my opinion, I will hold back no further.

3 Stars.

It was decent. It was exactly what I expected, except maybe the ending was a little better than I had anticipated. Although it was shot in hand cams, it was still thoroughly watchable. I think if you are fan of horror films, or more specifically monster movies, like Godzilla, you will love it. It is about a implausible monster romping through New York. It was good because it didn’t try to be anything more than it was, a fun movie. There was no religious parable, no big brother like conspiracies, and no delusions of grandeur.

According to an review by Kurt Loder:

“Cloverfield” is a nifty update of the ’50s schlock monster movie, mercifully unadulterated by delusions of contemporary relevance or nitwit nudge-wink irony. The picture is what it is: A group of people whose chances of survival wouldn’t appear to be much of a betting matter encounter a rampaging behemoth from who knows where and spend the rest of the film trying not to attract its sustained interest. It’s a movie that aspires only to be scary, and succeeds.

While I am giving it a generally good review, and thought Kurt Loder summed it up well. There is one part that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Visually it is strongly reminiscent of 9/11, which is understandable since buildings are falling and people are running. But there are more than a few shots that look like cheap imitations of CNN footage, and there are comments about a possible terrorist origin of the attack when they first witness it. I guess to seem realistic, a bunch of New Yorkers watching buildings explode and fall are going to wonder if it is terrorists. But it seemed a little exploitative.