Summery: A Generation Y cringeworthy abomination of a film.
Spoilers: It always astounds me that Hollywood can spend good money to put out this type of infantile shaky-cam rubbish. It comes replete with shallow unrelatable characters with poor dialogue and an absurd plot where the characters wonder around a devastated city with no clue or plan of what to do when faced with a disaster or adversity (on second thought, that part may be believable for Gen Y). This movie was literally painful to watch.
What's worst is, it took 18 minutes of pure frightfully useless dialogue (a wedding party meeting shallow, mindless characters) before the action finally begins. Since the movie is largely first person (I suppose the point was for us to experience the action from that perspective?), that takes skill to pull off effectively, and not something you want to do throughout this entire film. You still need to fill in the details which we don't get anywhere in this movie. ("Full Metal Jacket" is a good example of how this should be done. Also, Robert Rodat screenplay mixes these approaches very well in "Saving Private Ryan.")
You only get to see glimpses of the mutated monster with mini monster babies it carries (also dark flashes) and deploys like a carrier's fighter aircraft. What's worst is that there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for the creature coming on land other than to wreak havoc. Another weakness of the film.
One minute we're in Manhattan, the next its instantly at the Brooklyn bridge that everyone appears to be using as an escape route. Coincidence? Well just as the character are finally escaping the city the monster suddenly appears again and attacks only that particular helicopter (note to producers, in Jurassic Park they had the baby T-rex).
Still with me? After the helicopter crashes in a field some distance away guess what? You guessed it. The monster is already there waiting and gobbles up our intrepid videographer just as he emerges from the wreckage. Remember, the monster is as big as a skyscraper but it manages to sneak up on them.
The most ridiculous part is that the all seeing shaky-cam always keeps rolling. Even during the run for your life instances. It apparently also has nuclear Eveready batteries since they never run out ever after (according to the clock) 7 plus hours of use.
BTW, one more word to the producers, next time at least give the guy a body cam since few people would continue holding on to a camera and filming while being attacked by man-eating sea monsters and their off-spring.
I could go on, and on, and on, but suffice it to say that by mid-way through this film I wanted the monster to eat all the characters due to their shear stupidity.
Anyway, if you enjoy ridiculous nonsensical horror movies with giant monsters stomping the city with no apparent purpose (Godzilla notwithstanding), with shaky, dark fuzzy camera shots and brain-dead characters then Cloverfield is just the movie for you.