“Cloverfield” is Awesome!

cloverfield–The movie Cloverfield did much to revive the monster movie scenario on which I grew up, loving every moment of it! Described as a re-imagining of the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Cloverfield presents the attack of a 500-foot tall monster on New York City, all presented from the cinema verite viewpoint of a bystander with a camcorder who is part of a small group of twenty-somethings drawn into the events. Shown from this perspective, the filmviewer likewise feels part of the unfolding action.  The movie is of the heritage of King Kong and Godzilla, updated for the 21st century and with the sentimentality extracted. This is a hard-core, menacing and deadly monster who will decimate us if we do not terminate him first, and he shrugs off the best defenses and counterattacks of the military.  At the end of the film, the military plays its trump card and nukes Manhattan in enacting the Hammer Down protocol so as to presumably destroy the creature even at the cost of sacrificing the city.

A sequel may be coming our way if we are lucky.  When viewing the film, sit through the credits to hear some excellent theme music evocative of the monster movie tradition.  At the very end of the credits a garbled transmission is heard which if electronically enhanced and played backwards says, “it’s still alive!”

–I certainly do hope so!

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One Comment on ““Cloverfield” is Awesome!”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Personally, I would rather have seen something like GODZILLA VS. THE JOLLY (TOHO-HO) GREEN GIANT.


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