I don’t want to give anything away, so the review is in the extended entry. One thing to consider before seeing the movie, however: you may want to bring a barf bag.
I say this not because the movie is particularly disgusting, but rather the cinema verite-style of shaky camerawork and snap zooms in and out made me rather nauseous. At times, I had to look away. So, if you have a weak stomach and/or don’t like roller coasters or similar rides, do not go see this movie at the theater. However, I highly recommend seeing it on the small screen when it comes out. Because this was one of the best monster movies I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen dozens of them.
Highly entertaining, gripping, and at times terrifying, it’s Godzilla as reality TV. There’re no explanations about where the monster came from, what it wants, or why it’s here. It’s about a small group of young people in Manhattan just trying to survive on their way to save a friend trapped in the destruction. Are the characters likable? Not particularly. I mean, they’re New Yorkers. Even so, it’s very easy to get wrapped up in their struggle. The acting was very believable, as was the dialogue.
The monster is caught in glimpses and a few long shots, and the danger isn’t just the beast itself. The city, razed and infested with smaller creatures left by the monster, presents its own peril. Visceral at times but not gratuitously bloody, I couldn’t find anything wrong with it. If you like monster movies, this is the one to see.
Waterglass Rating of 91%.