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Jeff Nelson

Cloverfield may not appeal to all audiences, but definitely deserves a chance.

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When seeing any suspenseful film, mystery is one of the most important elements. In a majority of creature features, the monster is close and personal with the audience. However, Cloverfield makes its monster a complete secret and puts it to great use.

Five New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night a monster the size of a skyscraper comes upon the city. Told from the point of view of their handheld camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive. There isn't anything remarkable about the story, and the filming style is stolen from The Blair Witch Project, but is done well. The dialogue is practical, for the most part. It has some quality humor throughout, even in the most monstrous situations.

The entire cast fits well and performs admirably. Michael Stahl-David and Odette Yustman connect expertly and are entertaining to watch on screen. The romantic relationship between the couple supplies the film with feeling. The fear from every character reflects to the viewers rather well.

Throughout the duration of the film, the beast is barely shown. The majority of the disaster is just the destruction the critter is causing. Every explosion and catastrophe looks stunning. One may suspect that a film shot on a shaky cam will get plenty of terrible camera angles. The handheld camera actually picks up some impressive snapshots. The cameraman gathers all of the chaos that occurs.

It's tough to find a suitable genre for Cloverfield. It consists of heavy elements from nearly every genre of film. An interesting element of this film is watching for clues, which is very important for this film. There are small artifacts that are hidden in the background throughout this film and the audience has to look exceptionally close. Cloverfield may not appeal to all audiences, but definitely deserves a chance.

Next movie: Aliens vs. Predator 2

My Rating = Four Stars

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