ByTed Sar, writer at
I do weekly movie retrospectives. It doesn't matter. None of this matters.


Directed by Matt Reeves
Written by Drew Goddard

With 10 Cloverfield Lane having just come out, it makes sense to go back and revisit the found-footage-monster-flick from 2008. Subject to a secretive viral-marketing campaign including a manga tie-in called Cloverfield/Kishin, is it an underrated gem in such a maligned genre, or was right to have been buried up until this point?

Although, if you can't be assed listening to the review (which is understandable, given that it's five whole minutes you could be spending on Civil War/Batman v Superman fan-rumour-articles instead), here's the abridged version:

The Negatives

  • Generic, uninteresting, stupid characters.
  • Ineffective Character Filler that slows down the plot.
  • The story consists of a fairly typical horror movie plot that fails to go beyond the premise and as a result loses its novelty.
  • The constant yelling from the cast gets irritating, particularly towards the end.

The Positives

  • The cast and director do a great job at bringing natural performances to the screen.
  • There's a good use of found-footage techniques.
  • There's a lot of legitimate scares and the film is teeming with atmosphere.
  • The monster itself is well-designed and presented.
  • Brisk pace means that the film never gets boring, even during the slow scenes.


Next week, we'll be looking at the hotly anticipated 10 Cloverfield Lane, which basically came out of nowhere and yet it looks like it'll be extremely interesting.

Thanks for reading/listening.


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