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Just got back from from a matinee. A bit rushed so I'll add more later.

As long as you dial down expectations (ie - don't believe Knowles review), it's a damn fun horror film. There's a good amount of humor sprinkled throughout thanks to the clueless cameraman (named, ironically, Hud), but the tension is there in all the right places.

And you DO see the monster. You never see a full master reveal, but you get enough bits and pieces (often in big chunks) that by the end of the film you should have enough to get an accurate picture in your mind.

Two, no three, warnings, though:

1. It's a short film - about 74 minutes. That was enough for me, but I can't speak for others.

2. Shaky-cam is prevelent. Again, not a problem for me. And the handheld conceit carries through to the end, which is a bit abrupt (ala Blair Witch) as a result.

3. It spends about 20 minutes in the going away party. It's fun, but may try the patience of those waiting for monsters.

 And if you like good film scores, stick around for the credits. The theme is awesome.



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Im gonna see it on Monday with my girlfriend, I hope its awesome.



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If you can accept that this is more a disaster/survival movie rather than a giant monster movie, you'll probably be in a better frame of mind to enjoy it. Think "The Poseiden Adventure" with Godzilla in place of the tidal wave.



i loved it too,the only complaint i have is they left the movie with plenty of plot holes....sequel?



 

 

Damstr8 said:
i loved it too,the only complaint i have is they left the movie with plenty of plot holes....sequel?

I wouldn't call them plot holes - a plot hole is a logical inconsistency in a story. One of the most famous is in Citizen Kane, in which the entire film is spent trying to decypher Kane's dying words, despite the fact that Kane was alone when he died, so no one could know what they were.

What we do get is a lot of unanswered questions (what else from JJ Abrams?). Given the way this universe has already expanded through the viral campaign (such as Slusho), and that such details barely impact on the film, I suspect there is a plan to expand this story. Cloverfield is almost a prologue to what may end up a kick ass giant monster franchise (though old Clover* himself seems to lack the charm of Gojira, Gamera, Kong, or even Jurassic Park's T-Rex). The question then is do they continue to approach it in novel ways or do they take a more traditional approach?

 

*No, Clover is not the monster's actual name. At the moment he doesn't seem to have one. I figure this'll work for the time being.



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misterd said:
Damstr8 said:
i loved it too,the only complaint i have is they left the movie with plenty of plot holes....sequel?

I wouldn't call them plot holes - a plot hole is a logical inconsistency in a story. One of the most famous is in Citizen Kane, in which the entire film is spent trying to decypher Kane's dying words, despite the fact that Kane was alone when he died, so no one could know what they were.

What we do get is a lot of unanswered questions (what else from JJ Abrams?). Given the way this universe has already expanded through the viral campaign (such as Slusho), and that such details barely impact on the film, I suspect there is a plan to expand this story. Cloverfield is almost a prologue to what may end up a kick ass giant monster franchise (though old Clover* himself seems to lack the charm of Gojira, Gamera, Kong, or even Jurassic Park's T-Rex). The question then is do they continue to approach it in novel ways or do they take a more traditional approach?

 

*No, Clover is not the monster's actual name. At the moment he doesn't seem to have one. I figure this'll work for the time being.

oh,ok,i thought the black chick at the end...would be considered a plot hole

 



 

 

Im going tommorow, hopes its better than they say



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skeezer said:
Im going tommorow, hopes its better than they say

Again, keep expectations in check, recognize that it is done solely through single POV shaky cam, and that the film attempts to build suspense by NOT showing you much of anything. The story is not about the monster's attack, but the characters' attempts to survive.



It was pretty sweet...actually better than I expected.

I laughed at the morons in the same theater as me...lots of people were pissed off and disappointed, but they were also stupids.



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Takin the miss's to see this one ASAP, made by the LOST people right? (Well that's what I heard and we loved LOST)

There's a lot of hype behind this Movie, I really hope I like it, however I hate the sounds of it only being 74 mins long, that sucks.

 

EDIT: What's a POV shaky cam? And why is it only done through one?



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