Release Date: January 18, 2008
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan
Runtime: 85 min
Tagline: Some thing has found us
Older review, written November 26, 2012.
You all know how these found footage feautures work, right? Something attacks, everyone (probably) dies. Yup. That’s it, that’s all. That’s all she wrote.
Cloverfield revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.
The cinematography is about as shaky as that of The Blair Witch Project. The story may not be that realistic, but it is still a pretty scary idea. Imagine this: You’re just partying, having a good time, and then there’s a crash outside. You go out to investigate, and there’s a big monster out there, and you think to yourself, “Holy crap! I thought I was in New York, not Tokyo!”
What if you get separated by your family and friends? You might not see them anymore because of this. That’s a scary thought.
Anyways, it’s action-packed and sort of thrilling, but at times it gets boring. I don’t dig these traditional stories that most found footage films offer. The formula is tired, and footage should just get sweeped under the rug for a little while. This one is just okay, but it brings a belief to so many other new filmmakers: “Hey, I could get a few million bucks and make my own movie… I’ll do that… It’ll be good…” No, young filmmakers, the joke’s on you! Once in a blue moon, a found footage horror flick is actually good. They’re usually bad, and you’ll probably produce that crappy one. So don’t. Please. At least for another ten years.
Did you know? The film begins on April 27 and ends on May 23 at the exact same time: 6.42 AM.