Disturbing found-footage monster flick is actually better than you'd think
Cloverfield, directed by Matt Reeves is seemingly one of the first films to combine a big monster with a found footage camera style, a combination that works so well that I'm surprised that it's not been used before. The film starts out with a party attended by the main characters, but soon devolves into chaos when a monster sinks some vessels by the sea and then, more notably throws the head of the Statue of Liberty into the middle of New York's crowded streets. Awe-inspiring chaos ensues as our cast flees the rampage. As for the quality, the movie is actually very successfully dark and disturbing, and the acting performances, like they are in most found footage films, are very realistic. It's also extremely horrifying -but-amazing to see the gigantic monster (who is actually just a baby) Cloverfield rip and tear through New York's most famous landmarks. It's held back to a mild degree by a redonkulous character decision and it's plot simplicity, but it leaves you feeling chilled by it's decidedly unfortunate ending. Who can see it? Well, I'm personally not a fan of CSM's fairly reactionary age ratings, but this one is on point. I think any teen and probably most mature tweens should be able to handle this movie. Keep in mind though, that it's very intense and includes a fair amount of grisly violence, the worst offender being Lizzy Caplan's character that (Spoilers) is bitten by the monster's body parasites and explodes behind a tent. There's some language as well but I'm sure all tweens could handle that. Last thing to be careful about is that it's a downer; it's, as I've said again and again, very dark and it has virtually no happy moments - just breaks in the action. Regardless, I'd recommend you see it.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness