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January 17, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Why don’t people like this movie? As the end credits started to roll and my racing heart started to return to normalcy, I heard several in the audience booing. Booing? Did we even SEE the same movie?! This film blew away any of my expectations. Granted, I wasn’t expecting much. Eric, my co-worker and co-creator of the site Scene-Stealers, who gave away the advance tickets, warned me to a)not expect an explanation of what the monster is and where it comes from; b)be prepared for a lot of herky-jerky hand-held camera action; and c)not expect a solid plot. I think because I went in knowing these things, I enjoyed this movie way more than people who either read all of the internet hype, or had no idea what this movie was about.

I’m not surprised this film came from the mind of JJ Abrams, creator of one of my favorite TV shows, Lost. Like Lost, we’re plunked into a situation we know nothing about, and at the end of the movie, we still don’t know. The plot is simple — a monster attacks NYC, the whole thing is caught on a hand-held camera that is found in Central Park in the aftermath, and we’re viewing the documentation. It’s unedited, and as a brilliant sub-plot, we get glimpses of what the person holding the camera was taping over, which contributes to the overall story. We see just enough of the monster(s) to be scared out of our wits (quite a bit of the monster, actually), but even more thrilling is what we don’t see. And because it was all shot on one camera, with lots of running, screaming, shots of the ground, and random cuts, you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. Strangely, it made me miss NYC a little. I was reminded of all those after-work walks around Manhattan and across the Brooklyn Bridge. Sans scary monster, of course.

If anyone else sees this movie, which opens this weekend, let me know in the comments what you thought. I’m dying to know, good or bad.

Oh, and an interesting aside…this picture of me I use for this blog was taken at Coney Island.

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  1. You right

    I have the same opinion about this mouvie ,and i realy enjoyed .I think it is a monster movie in a inedit perspectiv with a briliant interpretation of what is like if this hapening.

    Great mouvie


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