September 18, 2009
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I cannot express in words how much of a disappointment the movie “Cloverfield,” directed by Matt Reeves, was. I saw this movie recently and without a doubt, it was the most pathetic attempt at filming a science fiction movie ever. It had such a promising plot but the terrible acting, nauseating film work, and horrendous directing proved the movie to truly be a “rotten tomato.”

If I asked just about anyone in the world to name one actor in “Cloverfield,” there would most likely be a universal “No.” The cast was full of amateur actors who really need more practice before appearing on the big screen anytime soon. Not one of the main cast members were above the age of 30. This shows the inexperience between them. The characters in the movie were flat, monotonous, and unable to even keep a fifteen year old occupied.

The filming of this movie was so sickening that I felt as if the world was upside down. It was nauseating down through the stomach. I much rather prefer the standard filming of movies to the rather odd handheld amateur 1st person filming method. I felt like I was on Youtube watching some group of kids having fun making a movie. Roger Ebert even dubbed it the name “Queasy-Cam.” Some AMC movie theaters even had notices that people should beware of motion sickness. The movie that comes to mind with similar camera filming methods is “The Blair Witch Project.” I never actually saw that movie but if it is anything like the film work in “Cloverfield,” I DEFINETLY do NOT want to see it EVER!

The idea of a monster attacking New York City could potentially make a good movie, but Matt Reeves completely ruined a possible classic. Once again, going back to the camerawork, I may have enjoyed this movie if it were like any other movie today. I still probably would not have loved it but I definitely would not be writing such a negative review. I cringe at the thought that there will be a sequel planned to be released. Cloverfield was such an immense disappointment that I was able to write 400 words and four paragraphs on how poorly the film was made. This was honestly the longest and most painful 84 minutes of my life.

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zman1 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm
I actually enjoyed this movie. I like how this movie was shot with a sense of realism but I felt that the opening scene provided too much filler and it should have simply opened with the monster terrorizing the city. It was pretty good and I could relate to how the protagonists would react to a giant monster attack.
Madalina S. said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 12:58 pm
clearly not a masterpiece, however, i enjoyed watching the film.
i agree with you on the poor cast issue, but the idea with that mobile camera was actually good. it made the film more dynamic and i'm pretty sure that the director's idea was far from making it a classic
it was an interesting approach of an overused script
Autumn1240 said...
Oct. 6, 2009 at 9:23 am
I like the movie alot but i dont think the people should of died the way they did like that girl when she got bit she blew up i think she should of lived
Alec.W said...
Oct. 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm
I cant believe that you would make fun of the best movie in the world it isn't right
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