[**1/2 stars / *****]
Making a found footage monster/disaster movie like Cloverfield is a tricky affair. How much to accidentally show and how much to conceal?The film gets it breathlessly right in bits and parts. The Statue of Liberty's beheaded debris stays with you.
Keeping up the tension with an amateur camera shoot feel takes some doing. Some lame direction and a distant connect for the main protagonists negate fear and unpredictability to an extent.
Culminating events into a unraveled love story and somber deaths dull impact. What is a monster movie if the characters don't die magnificently. Eh?
Cloverfield is mitigated, very effective in parts, worth a watch for the exciting narrative medium.