Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Review: Cloverfield Movie (2008)

Cloverfield (2008) is finally here. A film has not received such a large cult following since King Leonidas and the Spartans victoriously defeated the much-larger Persian army in the epic graphic film, 300. Now, it's mankind vs. monster!

It is May 2009. The main character, Rob, has accepted a job offer in Japan. His brother, Jason, and his girlfriend, Lily, throws a surprise going-away party for Rob. News breaks out that Rob and his friend, Beth, had sex together. Suddenly, buildings shake as an earthquake rocks the Manhattan evening skyline. As everyone ascends to the roof to see what is going on, a ball of fire shoots into the sky as loud animal noises echo throughout the city. Everyone attempts to leave the island via the Brooklyn Bear, but the bridge collapses before they could collapse. The U.S. military armed forces arrive to attack the sea creature. Rob returns to the apartment to rescue Beth. The entire film is presented as an actual recording from their hand-held video camera.

The biggest blockbuster film to start the new year unfortunately did not live up to its name. What was the plot again? I felt like this movie was a rehash of Resident Evil and Godzilla without any innovation and narration. Those who become bitten by the crab-like parasites become infected. No one knows what happens to the infected. The sea monster looks more hideous than the famous Japanese creature. I still don't even know why it chased after Rob. At least the Japanese know how to create good horror films! Wikipedia states the following:

According to J.J. Abrams, the movie's producer, this object is a Tagruato company satellite which fell into the ocean, disturbing the monster, which has been lying dormant at the bottom of the ocean or thousands of years.
I still believe this movie had much more potential. If this was the producer's intent, illustrate this in the plot with background development! Nonetheless, this was a major disappointment.
Recommend This Movie? No. Don't waste your money on this one, folks.
Official Release (Theatres): January 18, 2008

This is the trailer below:

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