Michael Stahl-David, Jessica Lucas | PG-13
Producer J.J. Abrams (Lost) fed the hype by keeping his creature feature under wraps. Here’s a cheat sheet:
The plot: Bland twentysomethings gather for a party. It’s cut short when an angry giant monster begins destroying Manhattan.
The gimmick: The whole film is composed of footage supposedly shot by a main character using a camcorder. (Think The Blair Witch Project; you may experience motion sickness.)
Gasp-worthy moment: The Statue of Liberty’s decapitated head, lying on the street.
Final call: Delivers chills early on, but the lackluster characters are inarticulate and the obvious 9/11 references (people covered in ash, downtown Manhattan destroyed) seem disturbingly exploitative.