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Cloverfield wreaks rough results

As the lights dim and the previews end, an announcement comes on to the screen. ‘The following US military document was recovered at an area formerly known as Central Park’. The film documents the last 7-8 hours of six friends? lives and their quest to leave Manhattan to escape an unnamed monster of various horrors.

Cloverfield opens with a going-away party for Rob, who is leaving Manhattan to start a new life in Japan. While his best friend Hud videotapes going-away messages for him, Rob sulks about his current crush on longtime friend, Beth.

About twenty minutes later, the party is interrupted by a loud explosion on the outskirts of the city. The panicked group rushes outside, worried of terrorist attacks and earthquakes, only to find a massive, lizard-like monster terrorizing the city. Thus begins a valiant attempt at a monster movie that seems more like a teenager’s brain child rather than a true Blockbuster.

As the monster continues an unvaried attack on the island, a small group attempting a flight to safety abruptly heads back towards danger to save Beth, who is trapped in her crumbling apartment. Their ultimate goal lies in the need to escape the island before the military unleashes its total wrath on the alien being, which in turn will destroy the island and those left behind.

En route, a close encounter with the monster forces Rob and the others to hide in a subway station. They now must walk through the tunnels to safely reach the apartment for Beth.

However, halfway down the dark subway tunnel, they are attacked by spidery alien creatures. While in the process of fending off the attackers, one of the group is bitten. They retreat into a service room, which leads them eventually into a department store, serving as a makeshift military hospital.

Unfortunately, unbeknownst to the party is that once bitten, humans are infected with a deadly virus. This causes them to bleed from the eyes, nose and mouth, then eventually explode (for lack of a better term). While this took place behind a translucent plastic drop cloth somewhat off screen, the carnage remains as disturbing as it sounds.

While Cloverfield kept a good level of intensity and was well directed, the abrupt ending left a little to be desired. All but one were either smashed by various flying pieces of shrapnel, chomped by the monster, bitten by gigantic alien spiders or blown up in an attempt by the military to destroy the alien. Though most of this violence took place off screen, viewers still get an idea of the nature of each character’s doom.

The film style, basically a Blair Witch Project rip-off, was accompanied by jittery shots and awkward camera angles. Instead of using a third-person camera angle to make the movie much easier to watch without dangers of motion sickness, the production team simply used what felt like a cheap video recorder. Cloverfield is often difficult to watch as Hud, who remains behind the camera the entire film, is constantly sprinting away from the monster and falling amidst piles of rubble in the action sequences of the film.

Despite the rough filming and the lackluster ending, the special effects of the film at least keep those dissatisfied with the rather clich

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    Chantelle BrownJan 16, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Our seniors are so wonderful. They bring joy and energy to the team and I enjoy every minute I spend with each of them!

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    Alexandra FreaJan 16, 2010 at 6:48 am

    When I came to school and saw all the crazy outfits I was not sure what was gong on. I thought I had forgotten to dress up for a spirit day.

    Once I found out why people were dressed up I kept an eye out for everyone’s unique outfits. Some were really crazy, but funny.