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Movie Review: Cloverfield

When JJ Abrams is involved, you know it will probably be good. I like a good scary movie, and I am fond of the camcorder method that some of them use (I am not talking about Blair Witch Project). It can seriously up the fear factor and make the whole experience more intense. For Cloverfield, it was definitely effective. Taking a page from Godzilla, it deals with a sudden attack on New York by a giant...thing. I called it Godzilla because it was so obviously inspired by that. It eats people, tears down buildings, and basically destroys everything that it can.

We follow a group of friends whose party was interrupted by this heinous attack. They go on the run, trying to get out of New York...or at least that's what they should be doing, but Rob decides that he must go and rescue the woman he loves, who is injured and trapped in her apartment near where the monster is. If that's not love, I don't know what is. Aww.

His friends tag along, because that's what friends do. For the record, it is not easy running for your life in heels, but women always wear heels when they are being chased or terrorized. At least that's the way it seems in scary movies.

I'm not going to say what else happens. If you haven't seen it, but like suspenseful, scary films, then you should check this out.

There are also some alternate endings in the special features, but as with most alternate endings, they're not all that different. I watched them both, but they're not worth the time. The behind-the-scenes featurette is good, though.

My grade: A-


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