HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Dark Tower, The
Better Watch Out
Beguiled, The
Year of the Comet
Levelling, The
Dog Days
Annabelle Creation
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Sssssss
Woman in Question, The
Atomic Blonde
Doulos, Le
Okja
Bob le Flambeur
Wedding in White
Léon Morin, Priest
Napping Princess, The
Scorpions and Miniskirts
Berlin File, The
Beaches of Agnès, The
Blue Jeans
Garokawa - Restore the World
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Gleaners & I, The
Peter of Placid Forest
Golden Bird, The
War for the Planet of the Apes
One Sings, the Other Doesn't
Great Gilly Hopkins, The
Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon
   
 
Newest Articles
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
The Melville Mood: His Final Two Films on The Melville Collection Blu-ray
Always Agnès: 3 from The Varda Collection Blu-ray
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
   
 
  Cloverfield Buy this film here.
Year: 2008
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman
Genre: Horror, Action, Science Fiction
Rating:  7 (from 3 votes)
Review: Look at the traditional monster movie and you will notice that the camera rarely ducks down to street level unless it wants to show cars being trampled or soldiers being stomped. It's a cut intended to show scale, to show how the people 'on the ground' are getting trashed along with the buildings and bridges.

Films like Godzilla (the classic version or the awful remake) and Independence Day will focus on the macro-level destruction. We see it all from a Presidential perspective. Lots of Generals and scientists theorising, and lots of heroes doing whatever it takes.

What Cloverfield does is to show the buildings, bridges and tanks getting clobbered from a single viewpoint, that of emergency cameraman 'Hud', one of the dull and helpless meatbags who populate the film.

Hud is just a guy, just a regular doofus like most people. He is press-ganged into filming his friend's leaving-do as he departs for a life in Japan (a nod to Godzilla surely) and all of a sudden the city of New York is under attack. As usual, news of what the hell is going on is slow to emerge. Out in the streets there is chaos, the severed and brutalised head of the Statue of Liberty slams into the tarmac and skids to a halt as people scream. We are right there with them, watching the pall of smoke descend as a building falls.

Cloverfield is a mixture of films and genres. Godzilla, Blair Witch Project, even current events like 9/11; all are brewed together to form a truly gripping and engaging action film. Many of the cliches of the genre are here - sudden jumps, cheesy 'we have to go back' motives, and some great don't-look-back moments.

It speaks volumes when people are as critical of the plot of Cloverfield as they have been. Why are we expecting a detailed story arc in a film that doesn't even break the ninety minute mark? Because we demand more and more from films, rightly so, but are also more and more cynical and unhappy even when faced with something as exciting as this.

The first twenty consist of nothing more than a rather dull party scene with a group of unintelligent but typical young professionals. Media haircuts and hip looking trousers abound. Yes, this is New York alright. This calm before the storm is absolutely mandatory for the film to make sense, for the notions of the everyday being overturned. The tedious normalcy of these people's lives is interrupted forever by The Monster.

The next hour is non-stop, very tense, and features a few nifty twists and some genuinely thrilling set pieces. The creature itself is genuinely awe-inspiring, and commands the screen every time we catch a glimpse of it (don't worry, you see more of it as the film goes on) with a surprisingly enjoyable ending. Empire magazine criticised the idea of a sequel, frankly the sooner we get to find out more the better.

Reviewer: Ted Forsyth

 

This review has been viewed 2545 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
   

 

Last Updated: