I just came back from watching Cloverfield. I wanted to watch American Gangster but my friend wanted to watch Cloverfield, so being a good friend and since the movie is produced by J.J. Abrams (Forever Young, Armageddon, Mission Impossible 3, Alias, Lost), I thought it will be good. Here is what I have to say after watching the movie.
1. Some of you may get the feeling of nauseous, dizziness, disoriented after watching the movie. Why?
“On the night of May 22, 2009, in which five friends throw a going-away party, a giant monster attacks Manhattan. The film depicts their attempts to survive the attack, presented as a recording from their hand-held video camera.” (wikipedia).
The film was edited to look like it was filmed with one hand-held camera, including jump cuts similar to ones found in home movies. Hence you get many shaky shots, the camera moving violently from one frame to another. If you watch The Blair Witch Project before, you get what I am trying to say.
The shaky-cam is pretty annoying, like it is purposely done that way, kinda cheap and crappy. I know it is meant to look like a home video, but the movements of the camera is too much. On my way out of the cinema, I saw a girl vomited. She was walking in front of me, then suddenly she stopped and just uwekkkkkkkssss, vomited there. Poor girl. Pretty bad heh?
I quote : “I-thought-my-eyeballs-were-bleeding exercise in visual disorientation.” (Rotten Tomato)
2. But the guy in the movie, despite his lousy filming with his forever shaking hands, he managed to film everything! Good war photographer material. How the fark you would be able to film everything when you are supposed to be running like crazy saving your ass from been eaten by the monster. Believe me, he just that good! At no time does he failed to keep an image on the screen. In the dark subway where they are attacked, when the girl he is been hot for is attacked and in need for help, while climbing from one very tall building to another, when they were in the helicopter which later crashed after it was whacked by the monster. Best photographer you can find 🙂
3. The most repeated dialogue in the movie is ‘Oh my god!’. You finished watching the movie, the dialogue still stuck there in your head, playing like a broken record. I lost count how many times they blurted it out on screen. OMG this, OMG that. After a while listening to that, it become super annoying and torturing, making you want to strangle yourself to death. It is like hearing Paris Hilton saying ‘It is hot!’
4. The movie reminds me of 9/11 attacks. Yes, bad taste. Buildings crumbling down, people running and screaming, emerging through a cloud of asbestos, shaky footages, very reminiscent of 9/11. I find it emotionally disturbing. I was in front of the television watching when the 9/11 attacks happened.
5. The whole story would not happened if this one guy, Rob didn’t try to find his girl. He slept with the girl, which is his best friend and then dumped her. He said something nasty to her at the party when she left with another guy. Then the giant ‘scary’ creature plot came, he regretted and decided to look for her at her apartment, and getting his friends killed in the process. How cliche heh? Or dumb? Or romantic? Haha!!!
6. Hmm, it is a monster movie, but you hardly get to see the monster in a clear shot, er maybe just one. The monster moves around clumsily, rampaging through the city for no apparent reason, knocking down buildings, biting heads. (No, you didn’t get to see any severed heads, except for the Statue of Liberty head. Maybe the monster mission is to bite anything that resembles a head. LOL!) No information about what the creature is, where it might be from, or any speculation at all about it. None. Nil. Zilch. (I googled for images of the giant creature, but without much results. Hah!)
7. There is this one suprise (and confusing??) moment when this one girl, Marlena was bitten by this small creature (the monster’s little army?) and they walked into this one place that looks like a detention centre, army people moving around. Suddenly this Marlena started vomiting and crying blood. And you can see some movement in her stomach. Everybody go into panic mode, some military guys shouting “We have a bite!” — “We have a bite!”, then the Hazmat guys drag her away quickly. We can see her behind a curtain, expanding and popped, blood spattered everywhere. And that is it. You jumped to another scene. No explanation on what maybe ‘came out’ from Marlena or what caused her to ‘exploded’. (I suspected it was censored by our over zealous, forever politically correct censorship board. Maybe a gory scene, where some creatures come out from her body, like those you watched in Alien. Just maybe I have no idea. Stupid Malaysian censor! If you know something about this part, please tell me)
Well, I guess some movies just like that. You do not get to know everything. Why is that, why is this. What happened before. Not much explanations given, you just do your own conclusions, put all the pieces by yourself, ride along with the movie and enjoy it. After all, Why must everything be answered for you, heh?