The start of the Cloverfield series begins with a found footage film of a alien attack on Manhattan.
Starring Michael Stahl-David, T.J. Miller, Jessica Lucas and Lizzy Caplan it follows their attempts to save their friend and escape.
10 years on and it is still my favourite use of the found footage genre by far. It basically lets you follow the events in the eyes of Hud (Miller) who was told to film a going away party for his best friend and never let go of the camera. From the moment the monster attack happens right to the end the camera manages to capture all the things Hud and his friends are forced to live through.
What makes it so much better then pretty much all other films like it is that you get a few very clear images of the extremely giant monster attacking Manhattan as well as the much smaller ones roaming the floor. It isn’t just watching feet, blurriness and turning the camera so people can cry into camera. They end up shocked to the point that they are just full of adrenaline and doing what they can to survive. Rob (Stahl-David) basically runs on instinct the whole movie as he tries to save the woman he loves after falling out with her at his party and getting a phone call from her when trying to escape.
The monster/alien thing that is attacking Manhattan is probably one of the coolest creatures you’ll ever see. Even though its a film you understand just how big this thing is and the destruction feels so real. I watch a lot of movies that have a ton of destruction in them but this actually felt like it could have happened. The smaller ones and what happens to people they attack were probably the best alien attacks I’ve seen since I saw Alien.
For me T.J. Miller really made the film. Sometimes I forget just how good he is at just about everything. He was a sweet character that you kind of fell in love with in his dopey little way, you saw everything through his eyes and boy did he get up and personal with some of these monsters a few times. He was just a nice guy and some of the crazy things he said and did were just perfect, it felt like watching a real human react to things which probably had a lot to do with the way they made the film. Whilst watching Rob run around trying to save Beth (Odette Yustman) was the main plot of the film just living it out with Hud was probably the best part of the movie.
Honestly one of the best movies you’ll ever see.