Analyse how the director keeps the audience hooked in the film ‘Cloverfield’
The film ‘Cloverfield’ is about an attack on Manhattan Island. It was released on January 18th 2008 it is classified as a monster attack film which is a subsection of science fiction genre. The movie starts with a group of young adults having a go away party for their friend (the main hero) Rob who is moving to Japan when suddenly there is a shudder and the city is in chaos because a monster attacks the city. the group of friends try and escape the city alive.
Abrams is clearly a perfect choice for this genre of film because of his success with the ‘lost’ franchise. This proves he can really keep an audience entertained for a long period of time. The audience can understand the genus because it’s unrealistic. It’s not very likely that there would be an alien attack on a planet. But Abrams makes it seem like there actually has been an alien attack he does this by using unknown actors that are not known by the public. the unsteady hand held camera makes it seem that much more realistic. The director aims this at teenagers and young adults especially the kind of people that go on to sites like youtube.com. The name of the movie ‘Cloverfield’ inspires an enigma. There is no explained reason for the title name. The film also has lots of other enigmas such as the fate of Rob and Beth and the fate of the monster. Abrams also makes a good use of iconography: when the head of the statue of liberty’s head has been ripped off this symbolises how liberty and justice E.T.C have been destroyed.
The narrative structure keeps the audience hooked because it uses a non- linear style; this is when the story is told in snippets and a chaotic structure. In Cloverfield the narrators are Hud /Rob. Hud records the monster attack part of the film. This part of the film is linear. It starts at the beginning with the equilibrium in balance and the equilibrium it falls out of place after the party with...