Review of Cloverfield

The film starts with a group of young friends throwing a going away bash for one of their mates, Rob, who is leaving for Japan. One of the friends takes a video camera around the party to record the occasion, and from the point of view of the video camera we learn about some of the characters, who they are, what they do, their loves and their past. Suddenly the party is interrupted when a huge monster descends on Manhattan and creates panic in the streets and starts ripping up the city. Rather than flee, luckily for us, they head towards the action and we are treated to a monster movie of superb execution.

As a monster movie, it is superbly executed, and the visual effects are truly stunning. It looks amazing on a big screen, and thats just with SD and Blu-ray owners get an even bigger treat. But movie fans will also appreciate the way it is shown – from the point of view of a video camera being held by a human. It is this difference that really sets it apart from other monster and disaster films, and promotes the film from “watch and forget” popcorn fodder in to an interesting and powerful movie.

Watch on a Wednesday night with some water and a couple of motion sickness pills!

What to consider before you watch Cloverfield

The comparisons with The Blair Witch Project are inevitable, and for this reason many people don’t like the film because of the constant moving and jerking of the camera – it has been known to bring on motion sickness. So if you are a sufferer, either don’t watch, or take some motion sickness pills before you do!

Why you need to see Cloverfield

If you can stand the camera work, Cloverfield is an enjoyable but not too scary monster movie that offers more than than just jerky visuals. A decent film that is recommended. Rating: 4.5/5

Buy Cloverfield on DVD or Blu-ray

Technical Details

Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Certificate: 15
Released: 9th June 2008
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 82 minutes
Production Year: 2007
Main Language: English

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