I'm not sure why Cloverfield struck me as such an incredible movie. It's basically The Blair Witch Project meets Godzilla, but that combo and how they thread a real-life drama into the order of the videos on the "Cloverfield" is really pretty interesting in and of itself. Full disclosure: I did happen to be at the Sundance Film Festival when Blair Witch premiered (was one of those "wish-I-were-a-film-maker moments of my life"), so I may hold some unfair bias to appreciate the pseudo-reality, first-person, low-fi, video-tape-captured movie format/gimmick (albeit herky jerky).
This movie, however, is a major production from the hands of Lost and Alias super-producer, J.J. Abrams, so you need to expect a lot. And again, this one totally delivers. The most amazing monster you've ever seen, a well executed gimmick as noted above, an ending that is tragic/satisfying, awesome special effects and lots of "beautiful people" including Jessica Lucas and, er, Mike Vogel among others.
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