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Friday, October 10, 2014

Movie Review:Cloverfield

Premise:A small group of friends goes through a monster attack in New York and film it.

Cast:Michael Stahl-David as Rob Hawkins, Jessica Lucas as Lily, T.J. Miller as Hud, Lizzy Caplan as Marlena Diamond, Odette Annable as Beth McIntyre, Mike Vogel as Jason Hawkins

Director:Matt Reeves

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for violence, terror, and disturbing images.

Genres:Action, sci-fi, thriller

Notes:Poster taken from Rotten Tomatoes and belongs to Paramount.

Pros:Rather intense. A couple of characters.

Cons:Slow start. Reckless characters. Plot holes. Irrelevant romance. Obnoxious product placement.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a character in a monster movie? You don't know what that thing is or where it came from. All you know is a lot of people are and will be dead.

It takes about twenty minutes before anything intense actually happens. But once it starts, it doesn't stop for most of the movie. It slows down a bit, but it doesn't stop and the whole things is pretty freaky. However, the romantic subplot was unnecessary. Not to mention it also lead to the characters doing some pretty dangerous stuff because the one guy couldn't leave his should-have-been-dead-already girlfriend.

On the plot holes, they get cell phone reception in a tunnel somehow. Also, the camera survives stuff the characters don't. And a woman who has been wounded and bleeding for who-knows-how-long somehow survives it.

Overall, it was fairly entertaining. If you have nothing else to do, you might want to check it out.

Sex:A man wakes up his one-night-stand (who's wearing only sheets) by sticking the camera in her face. There's later tension when she shows up at a party with another guy. He even remarks "Good luck tonight" to her date. The party gossip soon turns to the couple having sex.
There's cleavage and a guy in his boxer shorts. There's joking about a creature dragging a guy off to make him its queen. A guy uses his camera to zoom in on his crush.

Violence:Lots of death and destruction. Plenty of people are injured. A news story about homeless people being set on fire is brought up. Looters break into a store. A woman bleeds from her eyes and then explodes into gore and blood. A man is picked up and chewed up by the monster and dropped to his death. Smaller monsters drop off the big one and attack people. One bites someone, leaving some pretty bad wounds. A woman is impaled on a metal stick (offscreen) and pulled off of it (mostly out of the frame). A dead man whose belly exploded is shown.
There's an explosion (resulting in meteor-like debris) and rockets are fired at the monster. The creature destroys buildings and structures, causes earthquakes, capsizes an oil tanker, rips off the Statue of Liberty's head, pulls a chopper out of the air, and otherwise brings death and injury. The government plans to kill it with bombs.

Drugs/Alcohol:A woman mentions she met a guy three times, but doesn't remember because she was drunk. At a party, there's some pretty obvious drinking going on.

Language/Insults:"G*d", "sl*t", "h*ll", "J*sus", "g*dd**n", and "Chr*st" are all used multiple times. One us each of "douche bag" and "p*ss".

Spiritual:A character prays during an especially bad instance. Someone else uses the expression "God help us."

So what did you think?

© 2014 by M.R.R.

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