What starts off as a going away party quickly turns into a nightmarish situation which had me on the edge of my seat. It would be an understatement to say that Cloverfield completely revived the monster genre. First there was King Kong and Godzilla, then their was The Host, and now we are presented with Cloverfield. This film is so far from any normal monster film. We have The Host which was almost similar due to it's original creature design but did bring something new. Family dysfunction. Like this, Cloverfield brings paranoia, love, tragedy, and fear and blends it into a horrific smoothie of a horrifying nature.
Going into the theater today, i didn't know what to expect. Hype definitely is a killer. It cause Snakes on a Plane to bomb and did so also with the American Godzilla. This film delivers all that is promised and more. Chances are that if you do not like the trailers, you wont like the film. You shouldn't even bother. Now being a film about an unstoppable love filmed with an American Eagle cast, we have the second obstacle. The Cloverfield monster. Well, it is truly a sight to behold.
I refuse to give it away. Such fear can only be described in comparison of when we first see the killer shark in JAWS. It is big. It is bad. It has teeth. It has multiple appendages and it bites. Little creatures fall off of its back that resemble the Arachnids in Starship Troopers. Of course, no monster film is complete without it's roar. This one's is ear shattering. Many reviews i have read claimed that it was too noisy or it was just a stupid film. I look at it this way. If you are going to watch a film about a monster destroying a city with military counter-attacks, you'll be sadly mistaken if you think it's going to be a "hush hush" film.
Surrounding the viral marketing, there is two things at hand. One, J.J. Abrams is fucking with us, leading the masses of ignorant people into believing it is Voltron, Cthulu, Dodo, or a Slusho shirt that was a nod to his hit television show "ALIAS". Not many people realize this and they assume too much. Cloverfield is the most over analyzed film since Eraserhead. This film also touches down on political issues, such as all the great monster films of the silver screen and beyond do.
So, we have a blossoming love story surrounded by a sugar coating that is unstoppable and he an incredible appetite for destruction. What can go wrong? Not much. This films final moments are deeply heartbreaking and past that we hear horrifying news and a subliminal scene in the background that might hint where the monster comes from. Whats even more horrifying? The fact that creatures like this could exist in the darkest depths of the sea. Cloverfield is a near perfect film. Think of it as the first Dogme 95 monster film. Lars Von Triers would be proud.