Presenting itself as a recovered video from the remains of Manhattan, Cloverfield documents the destruction of the city by a gigantic, monstrous creature of unknown origin, filmed from the first-person perspective of a handheld camera. The project, produced by Lost creator J.J. Abrams, has generated a huge amount of intrigue thanks to the vagueness of its trailers and the secrecy regarding plot details. But fans will be happy to know that the actual film is not the frustrating tease they might expect--the action is plentiful and in-your-face, and there's more than enough in this wild ride of a movie.
Best of all, Cloverfield is unapologetic in its execution. It doesn't waste time trying to explain the monster or rationalize the events. A mighty roar signals the start of the carnage, and then it's on. To put it quickly and simply, this is a fun, fast-paced Godzilla movie with modernized realism and the sensibilities of the internet media age.
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In the tradition of The Blair Witch Project, the following clip purports to be eyewitness footage taken by characters at ground zero of the disastrous event...
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