Cloverfield is a 2008 found footage, disaster film directed by J.J Abrams (Lost, Fringe.) The movie stars T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Odette Yustman, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Vogel, Ben Feldman, and Billy Brown. The movie tells the story of an attack on New York by a giant monster, nicknamed Clover. While this happens our main character Rob (Stahl-David) is planning a trip to Japan so his brother Jason (Vogel) and his girlfriend Lily (Lucas) plan a going away party for him. He delegates Hud (Miller) to film testimonials for Rob, but Hud is busy flirting with a girl named Marlena (Caplan.) Rob is having problems himself when he sees a girl he slept with a month ago, Beth (Yustman.) All this tension finally culminates when an earthquake knocks the power out, and from there the devastation begins.
This is a very dark and intense movie. Being filmed from a first person perspective WAS a very inventive idea, and I can see why it was used and abused for a while. When people are being attacked you see it all clearly, and Hud provides very realistic commentary. He’s a great and realistic character, trying to ease the mood with jokes and observations. Miller and Caplan have great chemistry with her snark and his enthusiasm. Rob’s not the best lead, but his desire to save Beth through fire and brimstone is noble. Now, this a disaster movie so many characters have to die, and each time it is a tragedy. Thankfully, the movie doesn’t spend too much time mourning them, going for a more natural approach as there is more pressing matters.
The most important part of a disaster movie is the special effects. This movie excels in this, with great destruction and monster effects. Clover isn’t seen much directly, but it is more of a looming threat. It also has many powers like any giant monster. Your enjoyment of this movie depends on how much you like found footage films and if you enjoy disaster films. This movie is a perfect combination of both and is an all around amazing film.
Final Score: 96%= Exceptional