Friday, April 25, 2008

Cloverfield (2008) PG13 - 4 Stars

Okay Okay so I'm a sap for a decent Sci-Fi but I actually enjoyed this movie. It had excitement, humor, and I must admit my heart was beating just a wee bit faster at times too. Plus I didn't think I would like the way the movie was being shot, but actually I think it made the movie.

A group of friends are at a party to say goodbye to Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) who is moving to Japan. Lots of friends are there including his brother Jason Hawkins (Mike Vogel) along with Jason's girlfriend Lily (Jessica Lucas) and his best friend Hud (T.J. Miller). Jason wants the whole thing on video tape but he's not very good at filming so he puts Hud in charge of taping tonight's events so Rob has something to remember everyone by. It's a surprise party and the woman, Beth Mcintyre (Odette Yustman) that Rob is in love with, shows up with another guy. The two have words and Beth, and her date leave, in a huff.

In the middle of the party a large explosion is heard and all the nights go out in New York City momentarily. Once the lights return, everyone turns their attention to the television to see what has happened. Hud is still filming as they all flock to the roof to see if they can get a better view. When fire balls and large pieces of cement and metal are hitting buildings and being hurled into the streets below, they decide it's time to get the hell out of town.

The city is evacuating and they all head to the Manhattan Bridge to get across and out of harms way. Rob gets a phone call from Beth and while he stops to hear what she is saying about being trapped and injured, Jason gets pushed farther ahead in the crowd. Something looking like a large tail comes out of the water and lashes down right where Jason is standing, sending him and half the crowd to their death as the bridge comes apart. Still filming in horror, the crowd runs back the other way. They're all in shock, and all Rob can think about is getting to Beth's apartment to save her. A huge alien creature that stands as tall as the buildings is reeking havoc on the streets on downtown N.Y. City and has taken up residency really close to Beth's apartment. The group has until 6:00 am to find Beth and get their butts to the helicopters that are taking off before the military nukes the city.

Oh yeah don't forget about the little alien creatures that fall off on the large creature and viciously rip your skin apart while eating you. The helicopter crash, the shortcut through the dark subway tunnels, hopping the roof top of a leaning sky scrapper and coming face to face with the creature itself, all documented by Hud. Now the military has the tape only known as Cloverfield incident site U.S. 447.

Paramount Pictures
Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Crew Goodard, Drew Goddard
Producers:Bryan Burk, J.J. Abrams
I viewed 4/08

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