Released: January, 18, 2008
Few trailers generated as much press as the cryptic fan footage trailer without a name. Later dubbed “Cloverfield,” the mysterious monster movie premiered to wildly differing reports of quality from audiences. For better or worse, the hit film popularized the shaky cam found footage genre for another generation. However, the movie is much more than the monster and the camera technique. Following a group of Manhattanites wishing their buddy goodbye, the film is an interesting character piece. While none of the crew are well defined plot-wise, they each have differing personalities which amp up the tension during an already tense time. The withholding of information heightens the tension. It helps that it stars talents like Lizzy Caplan and T.J. Miller before they were famous. Originality is hard to come by, especially for would-be blockbusters. This is what makes “Cloverfield” so welcome.