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Even More Reviews for Cloverfield

Published January 17, 2008 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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I have been receiving emails about Cloverfield all day. Be it the credits video or leaked monsters (thanks Bradley), I think it's a bit too early to show these items off just yet.

Unless, of course, you want the film ruined for you. Instead, we might as well look at a couple more reviews to surface.

Cloverfield Reviews

Since moviegoers are obviously seeking all they can on Cloverfield, let's have a look at a couple more reviews that won't spoil the film for us.

SF Gate
But even though "Cloverfield" isn't the Godzilla-for-the-YouTube-generation picture that everyone may have been hoping for, it's still a terrific movie, filled with spectacle and a surprising amount of humor, which makes up for its lack of terror or emotional impact.

But "Cloverfield" succeeds despite these potential shortcomings, mostly because of the effective presentation. The first 15 minutes are so goopy - focusing on a fleeting romance between main character Rob and his longtime obsession Beth - that you'll wonder at first if Abrams and his crew might have pulled off a truly epic twist, using a false trailer to disguise their party movie as a monster mash. Some of these first scenes are almost cringe-worthy, but they serve two important purposes: You'll get to meet lots of characters in a short time and drop your guard enough that the first wave of world-ending mayhem truly does seem to come out of nowhere.

Cloverfield stands out in the genre as enabling its audience to suspend disbelief. The veiling of the threat is exceptional and one of the chief reasons the film is such a gripping feast. Glimpses are not met with laughter, which is an achievement when you're showing the tail-end of a monster that makes the Statue of Liberty look minute. In fact, all of the laughter happens in the 'right' places - during the moments of light-relief rest stops.

The obscured threat, combined with hand-held, first person point-of-view cinema-verite styling goes a long way in creating the claustrophobic tension that would have had me gripping the person next to me had I not been scribbling notes for this review. This film will make you experience life at the bottom of the food chain; a disconcerting and adrenelin-pumping place to be.

Check out the reviews for Cloverfield by clicking the bold links above.

Cloverfield opens to theaters on 1-18-08.

For the trailers, stills, posters and movie info, go to the Cloverfield Movie Page.
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