Posted by Erik W on Jan 18, 2008 11:46 PM
I obviously knew the style of the movie from the trailers... but I thought it would be more like "The Office", filmed with steady-cams but faked to look hand-held. Nope. They strapped a cheap consumer camera on somebody's head and had them run around like a crazy lunatic.
The first 15 minutes of character building almost seemed a waste, as 45 minutes in I wanted to see the characters die so the camera would stop moving.
I also was expecting the main part of the film to be "wrapped", like the plot line of the treasure hunters before and after "Titanic"... but Cloverfield is basically somebody sticking in a lost tape found in Central Park and hitting play. You will only find out what the characters find out, and nothing more.
Three stars for cinematic creativity and spectacular special and visual effects, but that's about it. If you haven't seen it yet, wait until it comes out on DVD and watch it on a small TV, otherwise you'll come walking out of the theater feeling sick.