I have been waiting for this movie for a year now, ever since I first seen the trailers and posters for a movie that didn’t even have a name. I think J.J. Abrams did a great job of getting the internet buzz going for this movie and must be one of the most talked about movies this year (or even in the past few years)
Well I went to go see it on the first day it came out over in the UK (Friday the 1st February). When I went to go pick up my ticket there was a warning sign for cloverfield saying the movie can cause motion sickness, and as I made my way into the screen I seen 2 or 3 more plastered on the walls..
The movie starts with a Blair witch feel with a notice saying the video you are about to see was found in central park and then the movie starts. The editing was done very well as it shows you two of the main characters in NY and the video keeps cutting and flicking to old footage as if it was a home movie and someone just taped over some old footage.
Then within a few minutes the movie kicks in with the footage of the party we have all seen on the internet this eats up 20 minutes of the movie but I think this is a well needed part as it really sets up the characters for you.
I will warn you that after 20 minutes there is no chance to run to the toilet as it’s a none stop roller coaster ride to the end.
The first glimpse of the “monster” is when it passes between two buildings (again stuff we have all seen on the trailer) but within 5 minutes the people we are following end up in a TV store and they catch the news and we get some see some really great shots of the monster. It doesn’t show everything but there is more than enough to let you feel the share power and size of this thing.
They have done a great job at making a monster we have not seen before, as there has bean so many alien/monster movies now that it’s hard to come up with an original beast.
One of the things I really like about the movie is there is no silly Science guy trying to explain where the creature came from, instead we get a few random comments from the camera guy having a stab in the dark at where this thing could have come from.
There is some great one liners from the camera man and they did well to make him funny, but not too much that you end up laughing and break the well built up fear that this movie sets up
The movie ends in the same way as it starts with no closure or details to say what or how this thing came to light.
All in all this is a MUST see movie and should only been watched on the big screen.