Film reviews

Cloverfield, Dir. Matt Reeves, Cert; 15 (Opens 1st February 2008)

Well, the sound effects were good…

If you want to piss me off, make a cliché ridden movie, shakily shot – as though it’s a home movie a la “The Blair Witch Project” – with absolutely zero character development but with overblown special effects.

Matt Reeves clearly wanted to piss me off.

He only partly succeeded though, as this was something of an off the wall picture which, presumably, was meant to put the viewer on the rollercoaster with the other cast members so that you really felt like you were there. If this were the case then Reeves triumphs with his aim. My colleague, with whom I attended this screening, went home with severe nausea, as though he’d been looping the loop at Alton Towers, and I have to admit, this was one of the highlights of the film for me.

I guess you want to know the premise of the story. Well, it’s as basic as you can get really: It all begins at a party for a guy – and I can’t even remember his name, it was that inconsequential – who is leaving for Japan (if I remember correctly, and again it doesn’t really matter), before a monster attacks New York. The rest of the film is the characters trying to save themselves from an early grave, and that’s about it.

The local rag here said that the lead players – if, indeed, you can call them that – are so annoying that you don’t care whether they live or die in the end, and it’s hard to disagree with that assessment.

If you love special effects, then it might be worth seeing this movie. If you’re a fan of intelligent, well written dialogue and fine characterisation, avoid it at all costs. Me, personally, I didn’t hate it, but I don’t intend ever watching it again!
6/10

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