Shot through a video camera which starts off taping testimonials at a friends leaving party the night before he moves to Japan, the sudden attack on New York & subsequent bombardment of debris & Liberty's decapitated head, evokes stark contrasts with 9/11 in a far more effective way than what has gone before in recent years (i.e. 'War Of The Worlds'), adding another layer of chaos, confusion & fear.
However, the film does have it's problems. Halfway through the proceedings the narrative takes on a more obviously planned & scripted tone (diverting away from it's original 'cinema verite' intentions) when four of the party survivors set out on a rescue mission to find an ex-girlfriend who may or may not be alive. The lead characters' blind, senseless & misguided heroism is matched only by their annoying & ignorant personalities. 'Hero' Rob appears more concerned over his mobile phone's battery running out rather than the death of his brother, & Hud's (the guy holding the camera) endless stupidity is continually apparent from his inept dialogue & lack of ability to so much as hold a camera (particularly at the party, long before the turmoil even begins).
Despite these problems, the 'mission' or journey is worth the effort if only to witness some spectacular set-pieces, such as the army's all-out blitz on the monster just before you enter the subway, & the first clear enough shots of the before-mentioned leviathan from atop an about-to-collapse apartment block & through a helicopter window.
Had the characters not been so shallow & tiresome (as is always the case in movies such as these), & their 'rescue mission' not so contrived, the film would be far more formidable in it's execution. But it's definitely worth watching if only for the set pieces & tension that builds around the films development before you see the beast (harking back to such 'monster' classics such as 'Jaws' & 'Alien').
Dans le genre : 8/10
Dans le monde-cinema : 6.5/10