'Cloverfield' Review By Phatlightning

"I would have been killed, you were just bit"
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  • Visuals
After all the reviews that have been popping up all over net for this movie, I was debating not seeing it at all nor reviewing it if I had; however there are a few things I would like to challenge and possibly clear up.

While I know a lot of people were challenging the acting abilities of these characters, they were actually very convincing and very real. I don't think the director could of asked for much better out of them, plus without the "brand name" actors it makes it more believable that something like this could happen to the "average joes" of the world.

Also quite a few people were challenging the fact that the camera should have died based on the pure fact that the movie duration was a 7 hour period, which would be a superiorly long life time for a battery, also unrealistic. What a lot of people are forgetting is the fact that the ENTIRE movie is based from that camera's viewpoint, and lets count this together people, the movie is 80 minutes long, which would mean that the camera was only ON for not even an hour and a half, to which the other 5 and a half hours he "could" have had the camera off..

Now for some things I had a problem with...

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In the movie, the actors are "attacked" in the subway tunnel by some of the little "creatures" and manage to get away. What I find a lil farfetched is the fact that once they pull themselves together in the storage room, NO ONE picks up a weapon or ANYTHING to protect themselves when they make the decision to go top-side once again. It is my belief that in a life or death situation, self preservation is the only thing on one's mind, so taking something to protect themselves would have been smart.

Another thing that I had a BIG problem with is that when they do climb 59 floors to cross the building and rescue beth, they proceed to pull her what seemed to be lifeless body off a 1/2 inch piece of rebar which was sticking straight up through her chest above her heart, and SHE LIVED. In that situation, it would be rare that she would be alive at all, and the only reason for her being alive in that rare case is because the rebar is stopping her from bleeding to death.

After this part, the once immobile beth proceeded to run down 59 flights of stairs and then open sprint through the street without any help, quite an impressive feat for someone with a hole through their chest. She was also the most active person alive once the helicopter crashed which was also surprising.

I had a problem with the helicopter crash as well. Although it was very real looking during the filming, why would the monster, after getting bombed, jump up and bite the helicopter? I was originally thinking the people were gonna somehow make it out, or the monster would throw something at them or swat at them, but no... he proceeds to jump up and bite the helicopter. yea..

One last thing I kind of was questioning during the movie but it wasn't that big of a deal to me was the fact that when the "monster" was standing over Hud at end of the movie, before eating him, why wasn't it dropping its little henchman all over like earlier in the movie?

Overall it was not the worst movie I have ever seen but also not the best.. I would give it a solid B for some great visuals and some pretty solid acting.

Oh and as for the first person viewpoint and the motion sickness attributed to it, I dont think it was all that bad. Aside from the opening scenes in the apartment, I had no problem with the shaking of the camera.

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Comments (12)

  1. Phatlightning

    lol yea the wound was just not believable at all, but I for one can understand why he went back, to be honest I would have done the same thing for my one ex girlfriend of like 3 years.. She would probably be the only one I would go back for, and I mean the only one.

    Plus I would have enjoyed just grabbing an automatic and going to town on some of those little f*ckers. It's kind of a fantasy of mine.

    7 years agoby @sxers2k1Flag

  2. MovieBuff

    I agree Phat. One minute she couldn't move and had to be CARRIED out of the building, then all of a sudden she's running down steps and across parks etc. What a joke!

    And even if Bragg was correct about her wound being in the shoulder, why act like you can't move one second than run like a maniac the next? Cause a monster is after you? Well, the monster had been in town all freaking night. If you can move, get the f*ck up and run!

    But really... the wound was far too severe than Bragg thinks. She should've bit the dust. That would've sucked for Rob. Go to rescue his love only to find her dead and STILL have to deal with a f*cking 50 foot monster. He probably would've thought... Damn, I should've just got out of town. haha

    And finally... why did he go after Beth? It was his girlfriend... not his kid or his mom or... well, you know what I mean. Girlfriends are a dime a dozen. I don't understand how people get all infatuated over ONE person. There are 5 BILLION people on this planet and you're saying he couldn't have said... "oh well, she was cute and it would've been nice, but I'll find another "love of my life. There's a f*cking monster in the city. F*ck that sh*t!" hahaha

    7 years agoby @moviebuff123Flag

  3. Bragg

    I think I might just add all the good points to my review..haha...'cause this is my favorite movie so I would want people to see what was good about it too.

    7 years agoby @bragg1Flag

  4. slysnide

    Yeah, rebarb through or near the heart would deplete one's energy a lot. And the ending with Hud under the monster wasn't even scripted, but added at the last second. Yeah, bad choice to show that much of the monster when it did better with just a few small views. And yes, some people need to remember that the camera wasn't recording the entire time, or it would run out of tape or space on a disc. I pointed out some of these things in my review of the film as well. Good review with lots of good points.

    7 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  5. Bragg

    When I first saw it I thought she was dead too but Idk, when I looked closer it looked like it was through her shoulder. I might just watch it tonight to see. But oh well.

    7 years agoby @bragg1Flag

  6. Marcusx

    lol i knew my comment on the cloverfield 2 photos would get some attention on here. i will reserve judgement until i see how banged up she is after being found survived the explosion. if she is up and doing jumping jacks, then ya we have a problem.

    7 years agoby @marcusxFlag

  7. Phatlightning

    come now bragg, seriously, that bar was right above her breastplate if not in it. Had it just been thru her shoulder she wouldnt have been that immobile. And still, a half inch rebar would cause some serious bleeding, and no one took care to put a turnicate on her or anything. Basically, she was f*cked. Forgive me but i'm a person about the details, even in a monster movie and the logistics of Beth making it out of that apartment let alone surviving until they arrived is pretty much impossible.

    7 years agoby @sxers2k1Flag

  8. Bragg

    well one thing about Beth, the rebar was through her shoulder, not her chest. Just look closely. Second, her shoulder wouldn't effect her walking/running, and I think that she would be able to run that far since she knew her life was on the line. Just my input.

    7 years agoby @bragg1Flag

  9. Radimus-83

    oh yeah, well you look like a slapped arse!!

    7 years agoby @radimus-83Flag

  10. Phatlightning

    he reeks of it.

    7 years agoby @sxers2k1Flag

  11. Marcusx

    is that envy i smell

    7 years agoby @marcusxFlag

  12. Radimus-83

    opening scenes had me very depressed and on the verge of walking out of the movie house! lol
    you do pick at alot of detail, phat. jesus i'm surprised you can sit there and enjoy a movie with picking at all those holes through out. your an intelligent guy phat, no doubt about it!

    7 years agoby @radimus-83Flag

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