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Cloverfield (Monstruo) (2008)

Mike Vogel , Jessica Lucas , Matt Reeves  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (884 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David
  • Directors: Matt Reeves
  • Writers: Drew Goddard
  • Producers: Bryan Burk, David Baronoff, Guy Riedel, J.J. Abrams, Sherryl Clark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (884 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BN4WN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cloverfield (Monstruo)" on IMDb

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Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 16-SEP-2008
Media Type: DVD

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114 of 136 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cloverfield won me over yet I see why people despise this September 8, 2008
Now that all the hype has die down I was able to give this film an objective look. I have to admit I was impressed. This movie throws out the music, set-ups, and cheap scares out the window - in a good way. Nothing in this movie tells you you're watching a movie of course. You're completely disorientated from start to finish, completely uncomfortable and on edge. And that is a hell of an achievement in today's de-sensitized movie environment. While I didn't jump once, I did find myself clutching the chair arms at various points.

I see why viewers would fine this derivative but every monster movie cliché is in there, and so it should be. The monster destroys landmarks. The military fight the monster. News reports advancing the plot. But it's delivered with such style and such punch that you can't help but be awed. You're seeing these events on an ant's eye level. There are no sweeping special effects shots of the White House being demolished by aliens, no aerial shots of buildings being destroyed - instead we get distant, unidentifiable bangs, fires obscured by the cityscape, an enormous leg moving behind a skyscraper - and a distant object which comes hurtling through the air, finally landing amidst chaos in a street, revealing itself to be the head of the statue of liberty.

This personal touch goes deeper - characters disappear from the story, and we (the audience) don't know their fate because the main characters don't. To be honest, I don't know whether I love this or like it but I was impressed. The subway scene was probably the best bit for me, and the ending slightly disappointed.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uninvolving? Really? June 23, 2008
I take issue with the claim in the review that this was an uninvolving movie. I don't think that's the case--if you watch the movie more than once. I would consider the first viewing to be NUMBING. I choose this word carefully. The filmmakers are consciously referencing 9/11, and viewed through that lens, I found the plot to be representative of the human need to come to grips with that horrible event--the rescue narrative, which can be easily dismissed as romantic drivel, to me reads as the poetic expression of the human need to say the things that tragedy prevented us from saying.

The complaints about the way the film is shot--with the handy cam--are valid and fair. I was not bothered by them.

Finally, I will say this for the film. Yes, when I saw it in theaters, it felt uninvolving. However, it was also haunting. There was something about it that I felt compelled to come back to. I have now seen it three times. The more I see it, the more I see INTO it. I think seeing this movie once and dismissing it is a mistake.
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62 of 83 people found the following review helpful
The handheld camera.. or at leased they make it feel like one(theres good picture quality, but it still feels like a homemovie).. in my opinion it puts the viewer right there with the characters in the movie. there are very few examples for this subgenre, if thats what you want to call it. Blair Witch Project and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon come to mind.

this style of filming has been one of the best ideas in horror, because there are no other styles that make the terror and action feel so real. there were multiple times i got chills down my neck from this movie. its just.. intense.

but.. without the camerawork, it is little more than another monster movie, which isnt a bad thing. it would still be leagues above most in the genre.

it takes a little time to get to know the characters in the opening scenes. i found most of the characters very believable and engaging. i actually cared about their everyday lives, and past together.(the first time in a while a was fearing for characters lives. i usually like the "villains") it turns out one of our main characters is leaving to live in china or something for a while, and theres a surprise going away party for him. nows about the time to buckle your seatbelt..

simply put, this movie blew me away. the camera style locks you in for the ride, and wont let go till its over. my heart was racing throughout 90% of the movie. you really are right there with them, dealing with the situation in front of you.. it could be the wildest ride you ever have on the couch.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, quite good June 22, 2008
I was a little wary to watch this movie because I'd heard a few negative things about it. Nonetheless I kept an open mind and I am glad I did -- this movie is actually very good. Cleverly shot (think Blair Witch on steroids, but not so dramatic that it distracts), it also adeptly delves into the emotions of all the characters. I wasn't frightened so much as I was tense, and also invested in the fate of all involved. Above all else, it was a touching story.

I recommend this movie. And if you've heard anything negative about it like I had, forget about it -- you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla Meets The Blair Witch Project? Sorta... May 1, 2008
It's always nice to see someone in Hollywood take chances and move outside normal filming practices. Although CLOVERFIELD isn't wholly original, it does have an original feel thanks to the incredibly myopic look the audience gets via its length through one camera lens.

Labeled as Godzilla meets The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield definitely incorporates portions of both but comes out the other end as its own animal.

The myopic view was seen, as stated earlier, in The Blair Witch Project, which had a handheld camera being buoyed around by an amateur film maker, allowing the viewer to get up-close and personal with the story. With Cloverfield, we get the same experience but with a bit more high-tech status along the way. New York skyscrapers crumble and explode. The head of lady liberty comes hurtling down the street. The Brooklyn Bridge gets twisted and ripped apart like tissue paper. And the "monster" causing all this ...well'll have to see that for yourself. I will say, however, that it was nice to only get glimpses of the creature and its `offspring' since that is the way it would truly happen if viewed through one person's eyes.

Which brings us to the Godzilla aspects of the film. Japan has that monster, and J.J. Abrams (Lost) gives us a new American one here. Unique is size, shape, and color, this new beast is just as tough to kill as Godzilla and has many smaller monsters (about the size of a regular dog) that it sheds like lice. And you don't want to get bitten by one of these lice; trust me!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Through the eyes of the masses...
I liked the new twist on this old theme. A monster movie as seen from the trenches. Looking at the old flicks of this genre we see the scientist and the generally arguing about... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Psi Key
1.0 out of 5 stars Discombobulated and disjointed mess
This movie tried to be Blair Witch Project meet Godzilla and wound up being Killer Clowns from Outer space meets Gigli. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Andrew S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Way to much shake
Yea, I know it is supposed to simulate a real life personnel recording, but 10 minutes into the movie it is just annoying. Read more
Published 16 days ago by ThePorge
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent contemporary monster movie
Fun, fast-paced, hip - scary monster, all the more scary because you can't see it/tem very much - I liked it
Published 16 days ago by Dennis Lloyd Sterling
5.0 out of 5 stars I will not Spoil...
The perspective of this film takes a little getting used to. Once you are comfortable with it, this film rocks you! I cannot explain it. I would give away too much.
Published 24 days ago by Superfly1972
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Personally i have always liked this movie. It was The begining of first-person movies and it was a great One at that
Published 28 days ago by Rafael Avila
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than critical reviews said it would be
Great mix of professional filmmaking and amateur camera work to get a film that screeams authenticity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Tonk
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute pile of rubbish: Yeah, I hated this stinkin' film!
I should have read more about this travesty, I hated Blair Witch project too. Had I known about this hand held camera style with extremely poor sound quality I would have never... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JR Ewing
4.0 out of 5 stars Cloverfield
I had watched this movie years ago and wanted to purchase it to keep. I received this DVD in the time that was stated and it was in excellent condition. I would highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Cloverfield was a surprise!
I wasn't sure what the plot was when I bought this. It turned out to be entertaining, clever, exciting, and often took my breath away with it's surprises.
Published 1 month ago by Bobbi Snow
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