Last year, I had the privilege of watching the short movie that the feature is based on and it was very interesting to see indeed. The movie, for the most part, is shown in almost a 3'rd person/news style display and this works brilliantly as it sets up a lot of the characters and the background for the characters and yet shows little to nothing about the aliens. I was a little hazy initially about who the main protagonist and antagonists were and this, I realized, is why the movie was so refreshing when it opens, through the first half an hour or so. The sequences are all over the place as well, before the main events, during the main events, after the main events, and they are all jumbled up nicely so you never really get your bearings. The cinematography is depressingly brilliant and once again, you see how a small movie is able to take the budget and make great things happen and make the action really pop rather than take it and waste it like in Indiana Jones and Transformers 2 and GI Joe. A simple vision, excellent execution and we have some really eye-popping results and, it just works. The story meanders a little but mainly it was my head trying to get wrapped around what I was seeing. The movie makes you think instead of just sitting there and getting it bludgeoned into your head. Cloverfield was similar, at least in the first half, in the way things were gradually unveiled. There are undoubtedly some flaws in my book Spoiler For example, why does Christopher, after getting whacked in the face by Vickus, feel compelled to help? Why do the "Prawns" with their obviously superior firepower and technology not feel compelled to demand or take better conditions for themselves? If there is a class structure, why, for 20 years, have we not seen it? Obviously Christopher is one of the smarter guys and knows how to use all the tech. Why not organize a resistance or do something useful and command the worker classes? I do like the fact that a lot of things are left unsaid in the movie because it adds to the intrigue. The basic movie has all the elements, except for a traditional romance and the differences from the typical formulaic movie (for the most part) are precisely why I have enjoyed this movie so much 4/5 Stars. Definitely recommended. There is a lot of language and violence in this movie so you have been warned.