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Cloverfield

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Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

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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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,628 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014Z4OQG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I loved this movie! I bought this to watch before seeing 10 Cloverfield Lane, and honestly didn't know what to expect. I had watched an interview with J.J. Abrams in regard to this film, and he explained that while visiting Tokyo, he and his young son checked out a lot of toy stores that were still filled with Godzilla related toys. He felt that it was amazing to see that even decades later, Godzilla was still relevant to the the culture that created him, and thought it would be so cool if the US had it's own monster.

I always read the critical reviews before I decide to watch any movie, and I took issue with some of the complaints. The first was to the reviewers that believed that there were too many unanswered questions. Okay, so let's be honest, if some mysterious "alien" creature just shows up out of the blue, it's not going to be taking the time to explain how it got there. It's just going to be following its instincts like all other non-english speaking creatures. Pshhh. Duh. I mean who knows, maybe it teleported through some crazy wormhole that it stumbled upon on its planet, or the military was experimenting with genetics and the thing got out, or even perhaps it crawled out of a tunnel that was exposed due to a sinkhole opening up in the earth. The point is, how it came to be there doesn't need to be explained, because if this really did happen, you'd be in the same boat as the characters in the film, wondering what the heck is going on. The second was the handheld camera approach, I totally understand why some people couldn't get past that part, but for me it added to the excitement, and at times made me feel closer to action.

Maybe this movie isn't for everyone, but it was definitely a hit for me.
P.S. To all of the reviewers reading WAY TOO MUCH into the script: "Hey, sometimes a story is just a story, and a monster is JUST a monster."
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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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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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Would have been a good movie, had they done away with the camera. Another Blair with thing. If you enjoy, camera movement, poor recordings then this is a movie for you, otherwise do not waste your time.
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Wow, did this movie suck. First half hour is a group of 20-somethings throwing a going away party for their friend, Rob. Lots of pointless chatter with hints of group dynamics. Beth, Rob's secret love interest, leaves the party and goes home. In comes the monster - which looks like the love child of Alien and a flea. Said monster starts smashing up Manhattan. While trying to escape the area, Rob decides to go back for Beth. Because everyone knows that when a monster the size of King Kong is wrecking the the city, people just hang out in their apartments, right? Actually, Beth really was at her apartment, impaled on a piece of rebar. When Rob & friends, minus a couple of friends, make it to Beths apartment, they pull her off the rebar and the group is off and running. Literally. In case you're interested, the herd got thinned when one died after being bit by the spawn of the alien/flea. Or did that happen after they rescued Beth...? Can't remember. Also can't recall what happened to the other friend. But it doesn't really matter anyway since it wasn't Rob or Beth.
Anyway, Rob, Beth and two other lucky survivors run around for a while and nearly get rescued in a military helicopter. But it crashes. Yet somehow the group survives. By this time I'm thinking to myself that when the alien gets done with Manhattan the only thing that will be left is Rob, his friends and the roaches. But one of the friends had left in a separate helicopter and the remaining friend who had been operating the camera the whole time, gets killed by the alien. Finally, it's just the two brave love birds...who get themselves killed while hanging out under a bridge making a selfie. Which restored my faith in the natural selection process.
If you insist on watching this movie, be prepared for very limited visual themes.
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