Cloverfield – My Take


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?

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19 Responses to “Cloverfield – My Take”

  1. Patt Irmina wrote on Jan 23, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    shud’ve watched American Gangster insstead huh? hehe.

    –> yeah! I should watch that. It’s ok, will wait for the dvd. Planning to watch Sweeney Todd. 🙂


  2. elvinado wrote on Jan 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I have watch American gangster long time ago. Great man you should watch it. Cloverfield? I never heard of the movie. (katak bawah tempurung)

    –> Great, I am definitely going to watch American Gangster soon.


  3. cibol wrote on Jan 23, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    monster movies just kill off my moods sometimes. It always soo, I don’t know la a bit like nothing new, nothing to be frightened of and – lame! I’d rather watch Big Daddy for the 100th time! LOL

    –> Big Daddy is farking cool man! I don’t mind watching it for the 100th time as well 🙂


  4. drumsticks wrote on Jan 23, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    ur review is enough to make me not watch it..


  5. drumsticks wrote on Jan 23, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    eh i watched cloverfield and like it.. lol

    –> well, as I said some movie goers will love it. if you just sit and watch without asking too many questions.. just enjoy the process it is satisfying watch 🙂 j.j. abrams style is like that, just watch Lost and you get what I mean.


  6. angeles wrote on Jan 23, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Gee… not bad your review 😉

    I won’t be watching this movie. Nope.. dowan to ueckkkk 😛 Didn’t they learn anything from Blair Witch Project?? Really pening that movie… OK la, scary also got 😛

    –> You watched The Blair Witch Project? Hmm, it is the technique they used to make the movie more ‘realistic’, less movie-like. It is like you are watching somebody’s recording. Some people like it, some people don’t. Not everyone can tahan the ‘pening-ness’ haha!


  7. nono wrote on Jan 24, 2008 at 12:23 am


    Haha.. =D
    Your review makes me more interested to watch cloverfield! I am serious.. But probably I’ll just doing my skip-and-skip-the-scene one la. I wont let myself to vomit. Poor that girl.. Haha!

    Since the movie was edited to look like it was filmed with one hand-held camera means, every scenes are all the hand-cam style la..? Is it? How lauya.. Or probably that fella (J.J. Abrams) tryna exprementing new style of filming movie. Hmm..

    Bongkersz, sometimes we need to be bossy too. Watch what you want, not your friends want.

    Adeh..Jaik nya bunyi!


  8. melbie wrote on Jan 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    A friend asked me if I want to watch this cloverfield with her last night, and I’m soooo glad I didn’t! Hehe, I thought it was some sort of horror movie (I don’t like horror movies!) so I didn’t want to.. hehe and some girl actually threw up because of all those movements? Yikes!


  9. Cleverfeel wrote on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Vomitting, sick and headache way of taking this movie.
    I thought going into wrong movie in cinema at first.
    Please take movie in professional way not youtibe homemade movie.
    Some people vomitting, some scold in cinema after the show ended. First time I ve ever seen.

    –> they purposely made it ‘youtube homemade’ like video. wow, maybe cinemas need to provide some extra plastic bags, just in case..


  10. ahBONG wrote on Jan 25, 2008 at 1:04 am

    ooooo u’ve got ur own domain too! how nice. 🙂

    watched gabriel instead of cloverfield the other day. have read reviews abt cloverfield, heard that either u like it, or u hate it to ur bones. hahahaha. lucky i insisted not to watch. though gabriel isn’t really a 10/10, i suppose it makes 6 or 7/10 lor.

    watched sweeney todd too! 😛 quite oklor. though not really my favourite lar. beh. tim burton’s movie. imaginative yet… morbid. LOL


  11. ee wrote on Jan 26, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    hey there…
    been bloghoping…

    btw,the movie such #$#%#%@$@!! when i was watching the movie..there someone vomited men!! in middle of movie…

    –> hey! thanks for dropping by man! yeah, this movie is good for vomitting. no need to get drunk anymore. Lingam must be watching the trailer before talking in the video. LOL!


  12. angeles wrote on Jan 26, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Hahahahaha!! How u know Lingam watched the movie?? ROTFLMAO! U farnie man u… 😛

    –> er, Lingam was talking to me on the phone?


  13. cibol wrote on Jan 27, 2008 at 12:13 am

    ha ha ha .. lingam lingam ..

    –> why you so happy mentioning his name? 😛


  14. mar wrote on Jan 27, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Haha..watched it. It’s definitely interesting…different way of “presenting” a movie. LOL. Didn’t vomit me…waiting for any prequel or sequels to it! 🙂

    –> Many people not comfortable watching a movie that’s shaky with a lot of movements. On a small screen it is okay, but for big screen?


  15. cibol wrote on Jan 27, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Mar : Love it or hate it – That’s the only choice. Glad you like it, coz I don’t

    –> exactly. love it or hate it 🙂


  16. chrys wrote on Jan 28, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    hey. you can find out more on cloverfield on the right blogs like some listed on mine. i thought the show was ingenius and something out of the ordinary. its not really something to watch actually, more of something to experience. and the monster was terrorizing the city because it had been disturbed in the seabed.

    –> watch it for the experience? 😛 not a good experience for many people haha!


  17. Man-D wrote on Jan 28, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Have yet to watch the movie…so I have no comment on this…kekeke…am looking forward to watch Sweeney Todd this Wed…it’s movie day, so it will only cost me RM5…very cheap leh! hahaha…

    –> I already have the dvd 😛 watch it slowly… enjoy the movie Man-D


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