Done in the style of The Blair Witch Project, all shaky camera shots, it is another film in the J.J. Abrams (producer) stable of films. Combine that with New York City and a monster akin to Godzilla and you have Cloverfield. Odd film name. It was not one that I had many expectations about so was pleasantly surprised with it. Loads of fun and tension add up to a worthwhile watch.
A strength is that just when you you have been lulled into a sense of security it springs something surprising on you. Things come out of left field. A frustration is the lightness in regards to explanations. No explaining where the monster might have come from or what it is trying to do in New York City. So just stay away from trying to figure things out and just enjoy the rather bumpy ride.
Curiosity is peaked during several points of the film. Images appear with no seeming rhyme or reason. The Statue of Liberty with its head chopped off. The Brooklyn Bridge wrecked. A flash of some kind of monster. People running in the streets. Tension. Curiousity. Questions.
Another plus is that the film is rather short. It just gets about accomplishing what it sets out to with precious little fat. Action comes fast and furious. The pace is always kept up. Special effects are rather cool.
Not a film that is about something deep and meaningful. More in the exciting and fun category. Though you will have you thinking about it long afterwards. Trying to figure things out.
-Cloverfield Visual Effects
-I Saw It! It’s Alive! It’s Huge!
-Document 01.18.08: The Making of Cloverfield
-Deleted Scene with Optional Commentary
-Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary