Last night, I saw the midnight showing of the new movie titled “Cloverfield.” The premise behind this movie is that there is a giant monster attacking Manhattan. If you have seen the new movie version of Godzilla, its kind of like that. The only difference is that this movie has a different monster and a much better story line.
Oh, did I mention that the whole movie is shot from a “Handycam’s” perspective? Yep, you read that right. The whole entire movie is shown through the viewpoint of several survivors running around Manhattan with a video camera “documenting” this event. If you have seen “The Blair Witch Project” its reminiscent of that kind of cinematography. What this means is that if you had problems watching “The Bourne Supremacy” because you got nauseous, this is not the movie for you. In many scene, the picture is going every which way because they are running from one thing or another. Now, even though it is supposed to be shot from a hand held camera, don’t think the production team skimped out on any of the special affects or picture quality. The movie looks really good so don’t let that fear deter you from seeing it.
The movie itself was pretty good with a fairly simple yet realistic story line. You follow these survivors from a party through their harrowing seven hour adventure through Manhattan. However, the whole movie is very short with roughly a hour and 20 minute playing time. The main reason I think I liked the movie was probably the cinematography just because it was so new a way to view a story. The movie also throws in a few twists that keep you interested in the story line so my overall opinion would be this:
If you like monster movies and want to see one shot in a new way, go see Cloverfield. I don’t think you will be disappointed.