Cloverfield (2008)

Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Drew Goddard
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman

Story: While throwing a party in New York a group for Rob’s (Michael Stahl David) new job something attacks New York. an unlikely group of friends Rob’s brother Jason (Mike Vogel), Jason girlfriend Lily (Jessica Lucas) Hud (T.J.Miller) and Mariena (Lizy Caplan) have to find a way out of New York.

The streets are filled with people panicking when Rob gets a phone call from Beth (Odette Yustman) the love of his life. Beth is trapped so Rob decides to risk his safety and his friends to go and rescue her.

New York is filled with some form of monsters and creatures and the army can Rob and his friends save Beth and get out of New York before it is too late?

Verdict: Shot using the idea its a found camcorder give this movie some realism feel. Unknown actors keeps this following through too. Compared to a lot of the camcorder films this is one of the good ones as it keeps the shock of what is happening going all the way through and using a place like New York makes the location more shocking to the audience. The friendship grow with some of the characters who are more distant to each other too. The atmosphere is well built from the moment the attack happens.

Best Quote: Hud ‘ Okay. Just to be clear here, out options are, Die here, die in the tunnels, or die in the streets, That’s pretty much it?

Favourite Character: Hud the camera man who has the best lines and pretty much says what the audience would be thinking.

Standout Performance: Michael Stahl David as Rob portrays the leader of a group very well

Best Moment: When the statue of Liberty head roles past our group of heroes in the opening attack

Worst Moment: Monster getting revealed so early into the movie

Rating: 81%

Sunshine (2007)

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Mark Strong, Cliff Curtis
 
Story;The Sun is dying and a team of scientists and astronauts have used all of Earth’s resources to create a bomb to re-ignite the Sun. Travelling in the space craft Icarus 2 because Icarus 1 mission failed and the ship was lost. The team on Icarus 2 include the mastermind behind the bomb plan Robert Capa (Cillian Murphy) Captain Kaneda (Hiroyuki Sanada) second in command Harvey (Troy Garity) Engeriner Mace (Chris Evans) psychologist Searle (Cliff Curtis), Cassie (Rose Byrne), Corazon (Michelle Yeoh) and Trey (Bendict Wong).

After reaching Mercury Harvey picks up a signal that has been lost in the background of space. The signal is from Icarus 1 the ship is still intact. The team is left with the dilemma on whether to complete their mission or go to Icarus 1 and collect a second bomb increasing the chances of success. Capa concludes two payloads will be a greater chance and the risk is worth it. After a small miss calculation from Trey some of the reflective shields are damaged. They lose their oxygen garden not leaving them with enough oxygen to complete the mission.

They arrive at Icarus 1 and see Pinbacker (Mark Strong) video on what happened Icarus 1 is in full working order but there is no crew to be found. While searching Icarus 1 something happens leading to the airlock being damaged Capa, Mace, Harvey and Searle after left to work out who is most important to the mission. After losing crew the team now has little choice but to go complete the mission but how far can they get?

Verdict: This is a top sci-fi movie take an idea that hadn’t been looked at before.built up with incredible tension from start to finish and very believable characters. The music adds to everything that happens so well creating more tension. The story will keep you guessing what will happen all the way through. This is a real edge of your seat classic one for all to see.

Best Quote: Capa’ So if you wake up one morning and it’s a particularly beautiful day, You’ll know we made it’.

Favourite Character: Mace He is willing to do anything to save humanity and has some of the best scenes.

Stand out Performance: Cillian Murphy again playing his character to his normal perfection.

Best Moment: The first reveal on Pinbacker on board Icarus 2

Worst Moment: Hard to find one but i guess the end half of the movie feels alot like Event Horizon

My Rating 89%