Netflix sez...2007 PG-13 84 minutes
A going-away party in Manhattan is interrupted when a mysterious monster of epic proportions launches an attack on New York City. With camcorder in hand, a small group of friends make their way out into the chaotic streets, scrambling to stay alive. Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Michael Stahl-David, Odette Yustman and T.J. Miller star in this frenetic sci-fi thriller directed by Matt Reeves.
Rarely have I felt so out of place than in this sea of one-star reviews. The main complaint seems to be that the story wasn't explained or developed. Uhh, this isn't "Memento". Of course the characters are self-centered yuppies and the cameraman is incredibly annoying. Seems like real life to me. So after 18 minutes of mundane set-up we begin the best monster movie since Alien. Incredible crowd scene direction, creepy just-out-of-view special effects, creepy just-out- of-earshot audio effects - what was that about "Operation Hammer Down"? - and non-stop action. If it reminds you of 9-11, that may just be a testament to the filmmakers' skill. Does Godzilla remind you of Pearl Harbor? Didn't think so. IMO, this is a monster masterpiece.