Saturday, January 19, 2008


Of course, I HAD to go see this movie opening night! With all the hype surrounding this movie, was there any doubt? Not since the movie Alien has there been such silence over a film. I guess I wouldn't expect anything less from J.J. Abrams, the man that brought up Lost. And as with Lost, I'm still a lot puzzled over what I just saw!!

I can tell you right now, this is not going to be a movie for everyone. I know this movie is going to be one that you either love or you hate. Filmed in the same vein as The Blair Witch Project, the entire movie is done by hand-held camera. It is the "video documentation" by some friends that were having a going away party one night in New York City. And it's sometimes difficult to watch, as the person filming the movie is running down the street or through the subway system of NYC.

But I do have to say, for me anyway, that this unique way of filming is what made the movie seem so REAL. Some of the scenes were incredibly intense. As a spectator in all that is happening around this group of friends, it's rather chilling to watch the head of the Statue of Liberty roll down the street. But that's about all I'm going to say about the plot of the movie. It's one that you should see and judge for yourself.

I will be falling into the category of people that love this movie. I like anything different and unique.....because it's hard to find something unique coming out of Hollywood these days. I know that Fangoria Magazine BEGGED J.J. Abrams to let the publish a picture of the "monster" on the cover of their magazine. And he refused. Truthfully, I SAW the movie and I can't really tell you what the monster was. And I think that's why this movie is so good. Because you never really know what this "thing" is, or why this is happening. It's literally just a bystander's video....and nothing more. As a film goer, you must decide for yourself what happened. And THAT'S the reason a lot of people are going to hate this movie. Because it's not just cut and dried. Some people just don't have the imagination to enjoy something like this.

Like I said, don't take my word for it. If this type of thing interests you, go see it. And judge for yourself.


Melody said...

Stephanie, now you have piqued my curiosity!! I'm hoping to watch this movie soon, since my husband's work schedule is so tight!

kookiejar said...

I will agree that as far as the storytelling goes, it was amazing. And you are right that people who like their movies tied up in a neat little bow are not going to get this one at all.

My only problem is that the hand held camera made me a little nauseous. I had to look away or close my eyes several times, which interfered with my enjoyment of the film.

I'm so conflicted about it. :(

Chris said...

I've seen the commercials and all I could think was, "WTF?" It does look interesting. All I got to see today was "Alvin & the Chipmunks" :( Not really for grown-ups.

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a really good movie! I watched Blair Witch on opening day and I wasn't it the loop that it wasn't real. So I went into that movie theater thinking it was real and I came out scared enough to sleep with the lights on for a few weeks!! But I get motion sickness a lot and that type of filming really doesn't help. I'm glad you liked it though!

Bibliolatrist said...

I want to see this SO BAD.

indigo said...

Here by way of Book Girl.

I loved Cloverfield, although it made me queasy as heck!! Awesome monster, cool ending... All hail JJ Abrams!! :-)