Dir. Matt Reeves, Cert; 15 (Opens
1st February 2008)
the sound effects were good
If you want to piss me off, make a cliché ridden movie, shakily
shot as though its a home movie a la The Blair Witch
Project with absolutely zero character development but with
overblown special effects.
Matt Reeves clearly wanted to piss me off.
He only partly succeeded though, as this was something of an off the wall
picture which, presumably, was meant to put the viewer on the rollercoaster
with the other cast members so that you really felt like you were there.
If this were the case then Reeves triumphs with his aim. My colleague,
with whom I attended this screening, went home with severe nausea, as
though hed been looping the loop at Alton Towers, and I have to
admit, this was one of the highlights of the film for me.
I guess you want to know the premise of the story. Well, its as
basic as you can get really: It all begins at a party for a guy
and I cant even remember his name, it was that inconsequential
who is leaving for Japan (if I remember correctly, and again it doesnt
really matter), before a monster attacks New York. The rest of the film
is the characters trying to save themselves from an early grave, and thats
The local rag here said that the lead players if, indeed, you can
call them that are so annoying that you dont care whether
they live or die in the end, and its hard to disagree with that
If you love special effects, then it might be worth seeing this movie.
If youre a fan of intelligent, well written dialogue and fine characterisation,
avoid it at all costs. Me, personally, I didnt hate it, but I dont
intend ever watching it again!