Cloverfield (2008) -- Exhilarating modern day monster story, 10/10.
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Director Matt Reeves literally brings us along for the ride in this edge-of-your seat sci-fi, horror thriller about a modern-day Godzilla type monster that is threatening downtown Manhattan. We're introduced to a no-name cast of incredibly likeable, and believable characters in scenes from their ordinary life that play out with a certain calm serenity to them that beautifully book-ends the film. When disaster strikes during a party, we follow a small group of survivors through the destruction of New York as they struggle to survive. Nearly the entire film is shown through the perspective of an actual camera the characters bring with them... with the audience essentially embodying the first-person point of view of it's operator. It's a refreshingly courageous decision by Reeves which threatens to give the audience vertigo or motion sickness if not executed correctly. Luckily though, the cinematography here, as well as the music, visuals, sounds effects, and editing are all executed surprisingly well - truly transporting the audience into the world of it's characters... resulting in a dreadfully tense 85-minute thrill ride that never disappoints. A delightfully entertaining experience, this movie is a great example of less is more, and where substance prevails over style... the Cloverfield monster himself is heard more than seen, harkening back to the dramatic techniques of Spielberg's "Jaws". Cloverfield, an "Exhilarating modern day monster story."