Cloverfield

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7.01 h 24 min2008X-RayHDRUHD16+
A group of young people race to survive a giant monster's attack on New York City in this harrowing ''found footage'' thriller.
Directors
Matt Reeves
Starring
Michael Stahl-DavidMike VogelOdette Yustman
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Science FictionSuspenseHorrorAdventureAction
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Lizzy CaplanJessica LucasT.J. Miller
Producers
Sherryl ClarkGuy RiedelJ. J. AbramsBryan Burk
Studio
Paramount
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Violencefrightening scenesalcohol usefoul languagesexual content
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4.4 out of 5 stars

5827 global ratings

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  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
For John Goodman fans
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A fun sci-fi horror flick. But Ama$on should charge less to rent!
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JWolfReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cloverfield
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The 2008 science-fiction thriller “Cloverfield” was written by Drew Goddard, produced by J.J. Abrams, and directed by Matt Reeves. The film boasts one of the greatest hypes of all time; a teaser trailer was released during the previews to the summer-2007 movie “Transformers,” the title remained unknown until the second teaser which appeared before the fall-2007 movie “Beowulf.” This is definitely one of those movies that keeps the heart racing. I highly recommend adding it to your collection because, to really put the little and important nuances into perspective, you may have to watch several times.

BACKGROUND: Despite the online viral marketing, the actual plot for “Cloverfield” was well hidden. Various websites popped up to preempt the film’s release, but the only sanctioned sites were ‘1-18-08.com’ (which touted still-shots from the movie conveying panic and frenzy, yet kept fans guessing as to what might be the cause of such terror) and ‘[...]’ (which provided a sneak-peak to an annihilated Manhattan as well as a clip of the monster’s roar). To protect the screenplay, actors were auditioned with scripts not intended for use in the movie itself—the selected cast had no idea what they were getting into. During production, the film was given several codename titles to conceal the identity of “Cloverfield.”

Abrams credits his inspiration for the movie to a trip he took with his son to a Japanese toy store; he said he wanted to create an American counterpart to King Kong and Godzilla. While filming, the ‘Cloverfield Monster’ had not yet been incorporated, so the actors had to pretend they were scared of something else. The monster’s final design is attributed to artist Neville Page; the creature’s rampage is caused by separation anxiety: it is a young ‘monsterling’ trying to cope with loneliness and an unfamiliar environment.

One of the most noticeable things about “Cloverfield” is its cinéma vérité style, meaning that it is shot to look as if one of the characters is recording each of the scenes through a handheld camcorder. While the cinematography accomplished an authentic feel, many were upset with the shaky-camera look, complaining that it gives a feeling of motion sickness.

STARRING ROLES include: Michael Stahl-David as Rob Hawkins, Odette Yustman as Beth MacIntyre, T.J. Miller as Hudson “Hud” Platt, Lizzy Caplan as Marlena Diamond, Jessica Lucas as Lily Ford, Mike Vogel as Jason Hawkins, Ben Feldman as Travis, and Billy Brown as Staff Sergeant Price.

SUMMARY: The United States Department of Defense is examining Rob’s camcorder of personal footage from the events from “Cloverfield;” most of the recording is time-stamped from 5-22-09, but because the camera was damaged, cuts from previous recordings appear throughout the movie. A cut from 4-27-09 shows that Rob has slept with his good friend Beth. On 5-22-09, Hud begins recording the going-away party (thrown by Lily and Jason) for Rob, who is moving to Japan. Since their hookup, Rob and Beth have experienced a ‘falling-out;’ Beth brings a date to the party which leads to an expression of animosity from Rob. After Beth leaves the party, Manhattan experiences what feels like an earthquake. They initially believe the flickering power is due to a capsized oil tanker that collided with Liberty Island. All beliefs are suspended when they see that the head of the Statue of Liberty has been propelled into the streets of Manhattan; Hud catches his first glimpse of the monster.

The Army National Guard has been deployed to combat the smaller menaces that appear to ‘bud’ from the main monster. A massive evacuation of Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge ends in turmoil when the monster tail-whips the bridge into smithereens. Rob gets a voicemail from Beth saying that she trapped in her apartment; Rob, Hud, Lily, and Marlena venture to Midtown to free Beth. While traveling through the subway tunnels, Marlena is bitten by one of the ‘budded’ monsters. The group reaches an army triage where they are warned of their closing timeline for saving Beth and the last chance to escape on an evacuation helicopter; once the last helicopter departs, “Hammer Down Protocol” will annihilate Manhattan.

Once they free Beth, the group high-tails it to the evacuation site. When their helicopter takes off, the first bomb is dropped on the monster. Irritated, the monster swipes their helicopter from the sky. Rob and Beth survive the crash and take shelter in Central Park’s Greyshot Arch. The two use their final moments before the air raid to confess their love and leave testimonials on the camera… [Not spoiling the ending, but pay attention to the final cut on 4-27-09, specifically the ocean in the distant background.]
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Richard LabanReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well done cinema verite type horror film
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I really enjoyed this sci-fi/horror film about what might happen if---out of no where-- a dinosaur came from the water and attacked New York. Shot from the POV of one of the characters who is filming the unfolding of the events on his camera.
joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Always liked giant monster films and this was a good one
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Cloverfield was made when handheld cams were all the rage. Usually that styles bugs the hell out of me, but this worked. The basis of the film is that a group of friends, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, and Odette Yustman meet for a party and were filming it when a monster landed in New York City and proceeded to destroy everything. Being a life long Godzilla and Kaiju fan I liked the premise.

The film has some great imagery. For instance when the monster first strikes the head of the Statue of Liberty crashes right by the party. Then it knocks down a building and all this debris comes towards the crowd, everyone runs and emerges covered in white dust. This was a direct reference to 9/11. They also don’t reveal the monster for a while just giving glimpses of a giant body passing through intersections and then a giant tale wiping out part of the Brooklyn Bridge. The scenes are also mixed up from the mundane such as when the friends are walking down the street and arguing with each other and then utter chaos breaks out like when they run into the monster and soldiers shooting at it.

Overall I’ve always liked giant monster films. It’s been a very mixed genre however. This was one of the more successful ones.
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mikeReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Looks great in 4k
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This is one of the best giant monster movies ever made. I upgraded to a 4k disc and it looks great!
F. M. OrtegaReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2008
3.0 out of 5 stars
I saw it in the theatre but have not purchased the DVD
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Cloverfield: The Monster from the Internet

It's been over a week since I took my wife and kids to see Cloverfield at the local cineplex. My wife, who is generally hard to please, liked it. But, she thought the shaky hand held camera work detracted from the overall experience. Both my pre teen children loved it. They seemed generally terrified at all the right parts and ate their popcorn in a most hypnotic manner. My reaction was only slightly more nuanced. I liked the movie, but I just felt like there was too much missing.
My biggest complaint is the camerawork. All the jerky movements and blurred shots got old after the first five minutes. I was bored to tears watching poorly shot asphalt and off kilter shots of running feet. Let's face it, it's a gimmick. The subpar cinematography does not enhance the theatre going experience.
The plot of Cloverfield (or what passes for a plot) revolves around an extremely attractive group of twenty-somethings who brave impossible odds to rescue the male lead's ex-girlfriend. In a major suspension of belief, they head towards the center of the city as a gigantic mutant ravages New York, eating people and knocking down skyscrapers.
This brings me to my next point. Cloverfield's script borders on incoherence because it explains nothing. And, believe it or not, this is what fascinates me the most about this movie.
The main plot points and explanations do not exist in the movie. They exist on the internet.
The producers of Cloverfield have set up a series of internet sites that provide the answers to most of the questions posed in the film. Now these sites all fit into the mythos that the makers of Cloverfield have created. The sites include on line comic books, fake Japanese corporations, soft drink ads and more. If you visit all these sites and take in all the content provided therein the movie will suddenly come into focus. This is ironic considering how out of focus the actual movie is.
The producers of Cloverfield have taken the "Blair Witch" concept and taken it up a notch.
This is not a film release in the classical sense...this is a true multi media event taking full advantage of the internet. Maybe that's why it is hard for me to like this film. It takes personal time and investment to truly appreciate it. You can't just sit in the theatre and watch the movie, not if you want to understand what's going on. You have to research it. You have to invest time and effort outside of the movie going experience.
It has become clear just how conflicted I am regarding this movie. After visiting the connected internet sites I now understand the movie and what it's about. So I'm enjoying the movie more after the fact. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that's a good thing.
So in the end I will give Cloverfield 4 stars out of five. The film deserves that rating if nothing else for the sheer innovation of its packaging.
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NCReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Scary and Suspenseful (Warning: Contains Spoilers)
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I enjoyed this movie. It was scary and suspenseful. The biggest pluses about this movie were that we, the viewers, never received all the answers and the ending wasn't a happy one. Isn't that life? We die not knowing all of the answers, and not every ending is a happy one.

The con: I found a couple parts of the movie difficult to swallow. Specifically, I had a difficult time believing that Rob's friends would join him on a suicide mission to rescue his injured and immobile ex-girlfriend (sort of) from the 37th floor of a severely damaged and leaning precariously building. It is even more difficult to believe that someone who barely knew him (Marlena) would join him on this mission.

The friends eventually run into a military base of sorts and were told that mandatory evacuations were in effect. Instead of the military guy getting their names, birth dates, and next of kin info, and asking them to sign a form releasing the government of any liability for their poor judgment, he simply gives them the time the last helicopter leaves Manhattan. Also, none of the military guys tried to thoroughly explain to the group what exactly they were facing and how the odds of all of them making it out alive were next to zero. So, Rob and his friends head out on a suicide-rescue mission to midtown Manhattan, towards the giant, scary monster plus many of its small but lethal (and equally scary) offspring. This is right after Marlena dies from The Bite. If that wasn't enough, the military was engaging in an all-out war against the monsters. Either they (including girlfriend on the 37th floor) were going to be killed by the monsters or they were going to end up as collateral damage. I know this was just a movie. I just think it would have been more effective if the characters behaved more like real people. I can see not-thinking-clearly Rob attempting to rescue his trapped girlfriend across town but not his friends, especially not Marlena. Marlena staying with them didn't make sense. I gave the movie 4 stars for this reason.
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Candela RecordsReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
LOVED IT! I live in Manhattan
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A home-grown Godzilla for America...
That was the goal... and they succeeded.
I just watched this... LOVED IT!
I live in Manhattan, so get readily upset when Hollywood screws up the logic & easily checked day-to-day geography facts of NYC. This was spot on. Every step of the way. They re-created as close to a real NY, NY, as they could on a soundstage. Kudos to the Tech & Design personnel on this movie. ONE glitch (for the sales / product placement office): NYC does NOT put ads on the outer tunnel walls in subway stations -- even the older, quirky stations. They'd be on the walls on the platforms somewhere... A minor quibble, but annoying. Otherwise, spot on...
1st consensus complaint issue: the "hand-held camera" approach. To all those bothered by it -- GO WATCH ANOTHER MOVIE!
The shaky, unnerving, claustrophobic environment that approach creates WAS THE WHOLE POINT, FOOL!!!
9/11 came at us out of nowhere. The Chelsea bombings this weekend came at us out of nowhere. The Boston Marathon bombing, the Great Johnstown Flood for pete's sake. All chaotic & out of nowhere to those running for their lives from... WHAT?? At that moment, you know Nothing. There are No Answers. Everyone is asking Everyone Else. The world around you becomes chaos, people make plenty of logical-but-realllllly bad decisions they pay for later and nothing remains familiar. THAT is the unnerving goal of the camera effect here -- shot by skilled cinematographers, NOT the cast. Every jerk of the camera was highly planned & carried out, not happenstance.
Did I find it bothersome. unnerving & scary? Of course. But then I was SUPPOSED TO...! That WAS THE POINT! I finally adjusted to it. Nobody ever promised you a Rose Garden. Go find another flick if you want to be spoon fed.
Hadn't realized that the Time Warner towers at Columbus Circle were that old. 2007... Thought they were newer. Just getting old, I guess...
My wife just informed me that we'd seen it before. I had echoes of "maybe --" but I remembered not one bit of specifics. So, like the really good Tokyo monster movies, this may be one of those you can happily see 20 times & have it be fresh every time... Good scary, happily vapid fun!
Kudos to all concerned...
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