Cloverfield – I didn’t expect much from this movie, as I thought it would be nothing more than a typical popcorn action flick. I was completely wrong. It’s soooo much more than that. They really stuck to the vision of the film. That being a handheld account of an event that at the time was mysterious and incredibly destructive. The camera work stuck to the idea of being handheld and actually what the camera would be looking at during any point of that event. I figured at somepoint they would stray from that to show you overhead angles or shots of the monster or information of what is going on, but they didn’t. I have to credit JJ Abrams (of Lost fame) as I believe without him being attached to this movie, the studio would have not allowed it to be shot the way it was.
The camera work is being compared to the Blair Witch Project, while I agree its similar, this movie was far more entertaining as it uses the shakycam not only to make you feel like you are there experiencing what the characters are, but also to up the level of chaos.
The movie is also very short, clocking in at 84 minutes or so. Despite that it almost felt like it was in real time, so kudos to the editor on that.
If you like action movies, go see this. It might be higher concept than most action movies, but its worth it. You will feel like you were just in New York while a monster attacked the city.