Readers in New York… Uh… Are you ok? Leave a comment to let me know that you and the city are still there, ok?
Just got back from seeing Cloverfield. Quite well done, on balance. They do a great job of mocking up what it would be like to be just an ordinary citizen during your standard city-under-attack scenario. Routine falls apart, people are scared, fighter jets scream by low and fast overhead, there’s only fragments of information about what’s happening, and you find yourself wondering why on earth we build these tall buildings anyway… Yes, the filmmakers did a very good (and not so welcome) job of (knowingly) reminding me of being in that very situation one horrible day back in the Fall of 2001.
Had to go and sit in a cafe with real people bustling about for a while after. Just to get a lock back on the ordinary. Even though I knew what I was letting myself in for, I must ask myself:- Why oh why do I go and see these disturbing things by myself?!*
Ending thought: While watching the film, I found myself wondering the following. If I found myself in a city under attack by some totally bizarre other-worldly creature, while I’m in the crowd running and screaming would a little part of my mind be going “Yes! So alien creatures do exist! Excellent!”**.
*This reminds me of the time I went to see The Ring. At the end of the film, in the darkened theatre I reached under my seat to get my umbrella and found a phone. And it was not mine. That was a bit unsettling, to say the least.
**Of course, I’m not saying anything about the Cloverfield Creature’s origins…