Movie Review: Cloverfield

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

Finally, the big studios have used the fabulous technology of today’s industry to deliver a truly fun and scary creature feature that doesn’t give everything away in the teaser! The movie is shown to the audience as a recording recovered from a video camera found in Central Park from an incident classified “Cloverfield” and now top secret.

As the film opens, a typical lover’s quarrel unfolds at a going-away party, the city of New York is suddenly under attack. But by what? Terrorists? Earthquakes? Quickly, it’s discovered that a monster is pummeling through the island of Manhattan and everyone must try to get out. But of course, it’s not that easy. While running through the streets trying to save a friend and get to safety, many questions are raised but few are answered.

What we do know? To quote the whisper at the very end of the credits…

“It’s still alive.”

Review by Marie Holzer

Grade: B+
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