This is going to be relatively short and not so sweet. Heard all of the hype about Cloverfield? That's all it was, hype. They had a good concept here. Tell a story of a monster attack on New York City from the perspective of a group of survivors who are trying to escape. Have some run-ins with the military and get to see the creature a few times. Great idea, but this was very poorly executed.

First, the video camera the guy was using to document things bobbed up and down mercilessly as one might expect. Not only did this lead to a very hard to follow story, as well as terribly unprofessional look, but it also led to me literally coming close to puking my guts out right there in the theater. No, the blood and gore wasn't that intense. There was actually more of that in Aliens vs Predator. The screen literally never stopped bobbing up and down. A dark room with that being the only source of light. Not good, not good at all. I never expected I'd react that way, I figured my motion sensitivity days were long behind me. Maybe this was intentional on the producers' part, who knows. While I did manage to stay and HEAR the whole thing, I was forced to close my eyes through large segments of the movie. Though I made sure to open them up when the creature was around. Other folks in the theater got up and walked out part way through, some of whom did not return.

The story dragged on and on and on and on and on at the beginning. They wasted easily 30 minutes of the movie setting up all the characters and going through some dumb assed going away party scene for the main guy. He got some big corporate job in Japan or something. Honestly, I didn't care. I came for a monster movie. Not a badly scripted fake party scene. Don't waste 30 of the less than 90 minutes the movie has. Oh yeah, did I mention, it was way short. 84 minutes long. I didn't notice that when checking the listings this morning. Next time I'll be more careful.

Once the action finally got going though, they did pick things up quickly. The battle scenes were the only really good parts, and yes, you do get to see some really good shots of the creature. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, other than a huge bat-like thing with no wings. He was your typical unkillable monster, much like Godzilla. The military threw everything they had against it and only managed to piss it off.

Over all though, my recommendation is to avoid this movie. Especially if you are sensitive to the kind of constant bobbing motions that made up > 99% of the movie. There are better things to spend your $8 on.

Up next on the movie list: Jumper, Feb. 14. And I'm gonna have to kill someone if the previews turn out to be the best parts.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jan 19, 2008 8:11 pm by Samson in: | 2 comment(s) [Closed]
Wow, glad that was one of the movies I had no interest in, or intent to see, anyway.. Though I am mildly surprised that you choose this blog subject rather than the latest primaries, but I cant argue with a brief change of pace. ;)

What makes you think I'm not preparing a primaries post to follow this one? :P

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