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Review | Cloverfield – 2008

Since I was not interested to see how my favourite soccer team was losing a very important match, I decided to put on a film: Cloverfield. I remember the first time I saw this film. I was in Paris and we thought it would be fun to go to the cinema and watch this horror film.

Cloverfield is a, sort of, mix between Godzilla and The Blair Witch Project. Just like The Blair Witch Project this film begins with a note that this tape has been found, like it really has happened. The film is also shot with a sort of handy cam what makes the film more real but also sometimes a bit unsteady. But I think because of this you experience the film more than when it should be recorded with the best technology. The ‘villain’ of the film is a gigantic monster as Godzilla but this film focusses more on a group of friends than the monster. Cloverfield 1

The actual story starts with a goodbye party for Rob (Michael Stahl-David) when suddenly an ‘earthquake’ reaches Manhattan. When the partygoers went to the roof to find out what just happened a rain of fire comes their way and they something big walking. Screaming people on the streets everywhere and suddenly BOOM: The head of the Statue of Liberty right in front of them! From this moment on, a group of five friends tries to escape the city with help of the army right after they saved an other friend who’s trapped in her apartment.

There are a view shots of the monster which are great! Its movements are well done made. Some things were just gross which involves a lot of blood. The only things that annoyed me was the camera dude Hud (T.J. Miller). He was always filming and saying things like: “Oh, did you just see that?” Like he was very much intrigued by the monster attack and less willing to actually fight for his and his friends’ life. Before all hell breaks loose we see shots of Rob and his highschool crush Beth (Odette Annable). Weeks before this disaster, Rob and Beth had a very special day which was taped on the same camera this horrible night was recorded. Every time Hud stops recording we see some shots of Rob and Beth together and we learn how much they meant for each other. This sort of love story makes a huge contrast to what is actually happening at the moment and makes things even more sad. I also think that this film gives us a realistic view of how things would be if something like this would really happen with all the looting and no places to actual hide.

Also starring: Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan and Jessica Lucas. If you want to know if they succeed, you have to watch the film for yourself!


4 thoughts on “Review | Cloverfield – 2008

  1. Never saw it, but that’s because i’m not so a big fan of found footage movies. Blair witch project was the first movie ever made in that way and had an interesting creepy background story. After that lots were made but it went downhill since then.The last footage movie I made an attempt to see was “Evidence”. Such a crap movie and I made a promise to myself I won’t look at another one again 🙂

    1. I only know the Blair witch project and this one as ‘found footage movies’ haha. This film is really worth a shot though 😉

  2. I love found-footage but Cloverfield hardly constitutes that. It’s overly stylized and staged making it very artificial. Can I recommend REC and REC 2 if you want some great found-footage horror.

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