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« Thread started on: Jan 17th, 2008, 07:45am »

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Cloverfield is a movie that is already a cult classic, and nobody has seen it yet. With it’s crazy viral marketing campaign, the movie has quite a following built up already, and I guarantee that come January 18, when the movie is hitting theaters nationwide, the crowds will be lined up to see this latest monster-attacking-a-city flick. Will the movie live up to the hype of the advertising? I’m going to say yes.

Similar to how the Blair Witch project was filmed, the entire movie is done with camcorders, in the perspective of the innocent civilians who have fallen victim to these wild, unexplained attacks of New York City. We are introduced to the main characters right from the start, as a going away party is being filmed for Rob by his brother and friends. During the party is when the first attack happens, and the crew starts on the run with camera in tow.

Word has it that the idea for this movie came from the September 11th, 2001 tragedies, when people were grabbing their cameras to capture the terrible events of that day. The whole movie is from the video camera of these 5 characters who are trying their hardest to escape the city all together. The shakiness of the camera may be a little disorienting at times, but the uniqueness of this movie wouldn’t be there without that “home video” feel. Through the whole movie, you feel that sense of urgency, as you’re wondering what the hell is going on just as much as Rob and his friends.

One of the biggest items up for discussion about this movie is “who is the monster? What does it look like?” There have been many people who just passed this off and assumed it was Godzilla. Well…I’m not going to spoil anything for you there. The monster does get shown after a nice build up of only seeing small glimpses of it, and it is one nasty dude.

So, how was the movie? Good. It wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t “OMG that was awesome!” either. But, it was good. And I had a lot of fun with it. Going in, you pretty much already knew what was going to happen, and how this was going to end. So no real surprises there. Seeing the monster was the big reveal that you wait for, and when you do, it’s not disappointing, but it was an awe inspiring moment either. And like I stated before, if this movie wasn’t done in the “I gotta grab my camcorder and record this craziness!” format, then it wouldn’t hold up. And, discussing with Legion, our biggest issue was that we were left wanting to know more. Where did this thing come from? What is it? Why is it doing this? However, I do feel that if things like that were actually given time to be explained, then it would have taken away from the “realness” factor.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie. I would even recommend seeing it to others. I don’t think it’s a huge blockbuster hit, but it’s certainly going to make a lot of money because of the fan following alone. And, it really isn’t a terrible movie.

Ok, and one spoiler: It’s NOT Godzilla.

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 17th, 2008, 11:02am »

As being on of the chosen few who got to view the movie early I will have to agree with the man-o-dalorian (whatever the hell that is?) that the movie was good. again not the most fantastical greats epic in cinama history but thats not really what they film makers were going for. if they were im sure they would have thrown in that one thing.... a plot.
But the movie isnt about plot or story lines its about people trying to survive a horriffic events.

Overall I found the movie to be extremely enjoyable, the monster(s) were/is very terrifying and the actors did a tremendious job.
I would also recomend this flick to many-a people as it is just a fun some times scarry popcorn flick that really makes you think... ok it doest really do that last thing but the rest is very true!

If they do what I suggested to Mandalorian and Legion that they do with the DVD I think that could make the movie even better!
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 18th, 2008, 07:24am »

on Jan 17th, 2008, 07:45am, Mandalorian30 wrote:
Ok, and one spoiler: It’s NOT Godzilla.


Isn't it a remake of "The Beast from 20000 Fathoms"?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045546/
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 18th, 2008, 07:57am »

on Jan 18th, 2008, 07:24am, DiRT wrote:
Isn't it a remake of "The Beast from 20000 Fathoms"?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045546/


After reading the description for it, it doesn't seem so. Is that the latest rumor?Remember, Cloverfield has practically no plot. The Beast from 20000 Fathoms does. Heh.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 18th, 2008, 08:12am »

Well... I guess in the sense that "LOST" started out as a remake of "Land of the Lost", "Cloverfield" started out as a remake of "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms"
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 18th, 2008, 08:58am »

Ah, ok.

Oh, and you know what one of the best parts of the movie was? The Star Trek teaser before it started! Woo!
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 18th, 2008, 09:14am »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RllSZW_YLk8
I'm sure it'll be deleted soon, but here's the Trek Teaser.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 18th, 2008, 09:16am »

I'm pretty excited for that movie!
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