Movie Review: Cloverfield
Since its teaser trailer screened in front of Transformers this past summer, there's been a good deal of buzz surrounding Cloverfield. Unlike most movies that arrive loaded with hype, though (Snakes on a Plane anyone?), Cloverfield completely delivers. It is the most visceral, thrilling movie I've seen in years. Not since Trinity's opening bullet-time fight in the The Matrix have I heard an audience spontaneously burst into applause in the middle of a movie. They did in Cloverfield at the end of an insanely tense sequence in a subway tunnel.
The story of the movie is really quite simple: something immensely destructive has arrived in Manhattan and is on the loose. The film begins with a farewell party for a character named Rob. Everything seems completely normal. People are talking, flirting, drinking when suddenly a massive earthquake hits the city. The party-goers rush to the roof to see what's happening, arriving just in time to see a massive fireball erupt . The next hour of the film is so intense that many of who will find yourselves laughing (like I did) just to alleviate the tension.