I think Cloverfield tried something new
in this picture -- like not showing very much of the monsters
-- only instant fast flashes, plus not explaining how they arrived
or where they came from.
I thought they would explain later, but
didn't. Well, nitpickers, go for it.
All said and done, it's a really good modern
monster flick with shaky hand-held cameras and all the great
effects you ever want to see.
IS the Blair Witch Project of post-9/11 New York, a cautionary
tale of surprise parties and their aftermath.
It's marred, not by its hand-held camera
work, but by its two-dimensional portrayal of human beings.
Lame dialogue, followed by screams and
jerky film making, is not a horror film.
I found the monster movie Cloverfield
to be interesting because it's so different.
If you're able to accommodate the shaky
hand-held camera, the picture delivers.
There are moments of high tension, and
the sense of danger feels closer and more real than in any recent
motion picture of this kind.