Cloverfield

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King Kong and Godzilla beware! There’s a new monster in town and he can be found in the science fiction film, Cloverfield. Beginning with fewer than typical opening credits – hallelujah – followed by text that said something like, “What you are watching is video cam footage of an incident that occurred in a place formally known as Central Park.” The footage begins with a group of young people attending a going away party in a Manhattan apartment for one of their friends named Rob (Michael Stahl-David) who is relocating to Japan. One of the guys at the party named Hud (T. J. Miller) is handed a camcorder and told to take a video of everything that happens at the party. The party is cut short by a huge explosion and then the lights go out in the entire city. Like thousands of other people, when the lights finally blink back on, Rob, Hud and a small group of friends rush into the streets only to be attacked by crab-like parasites that are dropping from a monster as it emerges from the water. Just like a real life crisis, a few people in the group begin making stupid decisions that everyone else just follows. Like a bunch of idiots they run into the subway – which is totally empty – and are attacked. Somehow, they survive, return to the surface and attempt to rescue a friend who has a piece of rebar in her chest. (Yes, they pull the rebar out and within minutes she’s running down the street like they just pulled out a splinter.) What’s left of the group finally escape in a helicopter that is swatted out of the sky by — Well, I don’t want to ruin anything but let’s just say that the giant creature must be half frog. Anyway, they find themselves back on the ground in the middle of nowhere when the 30 ft tall monster “sneaks” up on them. (Obviously, I couldn’t have seen a huge creature walking up on me, but I’ll bet I’d have heard him and gotten the heck outta there!) As you can tell, this movie has plot holes as big as the monster. It sounds like I didn’t like this film, but it is a monster movie and what should I expect, Shakespeare? Actually, the way this film was shot, it really felt as though I was in the middle of the pandemonium. The actors did an adequate job and I felt like we were with everyday New Yorkers. I’m giving this entertaining, intense but unrealistic film a C rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.