Cloverfield is filled with action from the beginning to the end; however, its story seems to be the least important aspect as it focuses only on the fact that New York is being attacked by aliens and New Yorkers try to escape to survive. With this in mind, Cloverfieldâï¿½ï¿½s simple story makes this movie quite enjoyable because it engrosses me with the impressive artillery used by the heroic army, the uncertainty of the situation, and the danger that the protagonists are being exposed to without keeping track of the dialogue or the story sequence.
One of the major key elements that makes Cloverfield effective is definitely the suspense involved. First of all, the filmâï¿½ï¿½s art cover suggests that its content is about violence of some sort. After that, Cloverfield starts with a romantic scene of Robert and Beth waking up after having spent the night together. Oddly enough, the film suddenly cuts to a party. With all this in mind, these scenes tend to get a little confusing, but at the sametime they cause me to guess how or when the violence is going to occur.
Another important key element is the innovative homemade style film where the scenes look like they are filmed by a person with no cinematographic skills. This âï¿½ï¿½never before seenâï¿½ï¿½ style of cinematography brings a completely new approach of the often-used theme of alien attacks. This style gives a more realistic experience of the situation because I can literally see the movie from my perspective rather than the perspective of the superhero or soldiers. Also, the brief dialogues and the few characters are a big advantage when it comes to simplicity. Throughout the movie, new characters are introduced; however, they do not alter the simplicity or the sequence of the movie.
Like any other movie, Cloverfield has its flaws too. One of the biggest enigmas in Cloverfield is the video clips of Robert and Beth being together. These clips are out of place; therefore, they produce confusion. Moreover, the reason for the aliensâï¿½ï¿½ attack is never explained, nor their origin, or the reason to come to the earth. Maybe the directorâï¿½ï¿½s aim was to create an even greater confusion to increase the intensity of the suspense, but it resulted in a big mystery that is never solved.