Review: Cloverfield

By Butterboom Writers  /  January 18, 2008

Monsters meets the Blair Witch Project meets extreme vomiting.

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Every once in awhile a movie comes along that redefines the artform, from the cool effects from The Matrix to the hyper-realism from 300. While everyone knows that the camcorder movie came from 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield is a movie that stands as what will no doubt be this year’s defining film.

But be warned, unlike an airplane, there are no motion sickness bags in the seat in front of you.

To call this a movie would be shortsighted. It’s an EXPERIENCE. It’s like a rollercoaster ride. It’s like an Xbox 360 game on crack. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before and yet its horror and romance will touch you. The best thing about a movie like this, is that it left the entire Causeway Bay audience stuck in their seats as the credits rolled. Something we have NEVER seen. Maybe it’s partly due to the motion sickness, but also people can’t believe what they just saw.

Cloverfield will now entire our pop culture lexicon like The Matrix and 300 in terms of a film forgoing all the tired cliches and typical special effects that we saw in recent terrible stuff like I Am Legend and typical plots like American Gangster. Cloverfield shows us that even though most of Hollywood are regrinding old ideas, some people are able to get behind something that will change how you see a movie.

With this first major release of 2008 being good, we have very high hopes for the rest of the year.

And let us stress again, if you get sick easily from riding on a boat, turbulence on a plane or any other such motion sicknesses stay away from this movie. As we type this the monitor is still swaying around. But for every time we tried to close our eyes during the film, the story was just too compelling for us not to have both eyes on the screen.

Exactly how a movie should be.

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