Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cloverfield (2008)

Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman

Best friends and New Yorkers Rob (Stahl-David) and Beth (Yustman) have finally got together, only for their romance to be cut short when Rob gets his dream job in Japan. Things go awry at his going away party when a gigantic monster begins destroying Manhattan. While trying to escape the city, Rob receives a phonecall from Beth whose trapped in her Central Park penthouse apartment.

Outstanding thrill-ride is perfect on every level. The intrigue, hidden messages, suspense and raw cinematography lend it a unique flavour that has since been endlessly replicated in a host of other ways in current cinema. None come anywhere close to this shining example of how movies can still be exciting thanks to television writer Drew Goddard's detailed characters and drama brought to life by extraordinaire Reeves.

This mostly unknown cast at the time has certainly gone on to collectively great careers. Here, they share the screen equally and achieve great chemistry. It's hard to fault something that has taken what seems like a radical idea and works it so well. Credit to the special effects team for showing a demolished New York City and clever photography from DOP Michael Bonvillain. Definitely a must see!

5/5

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