Wednesday, June 18, 2008


My boyfriend and I went to Redbox the other day, and because there was nothing else, we rented Cloverfield.

I was pleasantly surprised by the movie, which is another New-York-gets-destroyed-and-evacuated film.

The whole thing is filmed Blair Witch style, in a home movie camera. In the beginning, a young guy is assigned the task of filming a going away party for his friend, though he doesn't want to. He goes around filming people, focusing from time to time on a girl he thinks is hot, and all the peoples' conversations give the viewer just enough information to become sympathetic to the main characters. You almost forget catastrophe is coming, and then BOOM! an earthquake-like noise completely changes the tone of the film.

What was really cool was that the scenes cut in and out, mid-sentence, exactly as home movies are when you make them. And the character holding the video camera manages to maintain a funny, if annoying character throughout his filming, representing exactly that friend you have that doesn't understand when it's time to stop talking, because, for God's sake, people are dying.

The only thing that really pulls the movie back into the camp category is that some of the characters should have died right away instead of sustaining their unbelievable injuries. If you're impaled on a pole, my guess is you can't get up and walk around.

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