Cloverfield is a 2008 American disaster-monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams and written by Drew Goddard. The film follows six young New Yorkers attending a going-away party on the night that a gigantic monster attacks the city. First publicized in a teaser trailer in screenings of Transformers, the film was released on January 17 in New Zealand and Australia, on January 18 in North America, on January 24 in South Korea, on January 25 in Taiwan, on January 31 in Germany and on February 1 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and in Italy. In Japan, the film was released on April 5. VFX and CGI were performed by effects studios Double Negative and Tippett Studio. The film is presented as found footage from a personal video camera recovered by the United States Department of Defense. A disclaimer text states that the footage is of a case designated "Cloverfield" and was found in the area "formerly known as Central Park". The video consists chiefly of segments taped the night of Friday, May 22 and the morning of Saturday, May 23. The newer segments were taped over older video that is visible occasionally. The first video segment opens when Rob wakes up on the
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The camera work is shot through first person from the eyes of one of the characters. It is choppy and will give many people motion sickness or a headache. There is a fair amount of profanity and gore, though kids will probably be most creeped out by the giant monster rampaging through NYC and the smaller bugs that chase people through the dark sewers.April 16th, 2013 · Details
Just watched this on DVD. Not a bad movie, but don't expect a good ending. Seemed a bit far-fetched that this seemingly indestructible monster kept crossing paths with this group of civilians trying to survive. It was as if they had a tracking device that the monster was following. On to p of this nothing is explained in the movie. What the monsters motive was, where it came from, and what eventually happened to it. The whole loose-ends factor is a bit frustrating. Its worth watching once, but only once. The ending is quite tragic. This is not a movie for kids or people that are squeemish. Definitely a high PG-13.February 2nd, 2011 · Details
"Cloverfield" features more shaky, jittery and blurry camera work than any other like-minded film since the 1999 smash hit "The Blair Witch Project."
In fact, the hand-held, digital camera work here strongly recalls that of "Blair Witch," which tested the patience and stomach of some in the audience.
So be warned: This film is not for the weak of stomach or those who get motion sickness. But while "Cloverfield" has a similarly limited premise to that early film, it's no mere "Blair Monster Project."
For one thing, this science-fiction/thriller is smart enough to wrap things up quickly. At less than 90 minutes, it's a lean, mean monster movie even if it's gimmicky filmmaking makes it an acquired taste.
As far as the plot is concerned, it's basically a giant monster attack from the victims' perspective. Things begin with a going-away party for Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David), who's about to head off to Japan for work.
One of his best friends is Hud (T.J. Miller), who's using Rob's video camera to record good-luck messages from the partygoers. And as it turns out, the camera comes in handy when Manhattan becomes chaotic.
Some sort of creature has come ashore in New York City (after wrecking an oil tanker and beheading the Statue of Liberty). Now, the gigantic beast is tearing its way through most of Manhattan's high-rises.
As the U.S. Army tries to evacuate civilians and do battle with the monster, Rob drags Hud and a couple of others with him as he desperately tries to find and rescue his true love, Beth (Odette Yustman).
Screenwriter Drew Goddard and director Matt Reeves are both friends with J.J. Abrams, who produced the movie. (And the film looks and feels like a lot of Abrams' work, especially TV's "Lost.")
And for the sake of "authenticity," they used a fresh-faced cast, though most of these actors acquit themselves nicely. (Miller's often-clueless Hud is a source of some welcome humor.)
"Cloverfield" is rated PG-13 for strong scenes of violent action and disturbing imagery (creature attacks, gunplay and warfare, including explosive and vehicular mayhem), some graphic gore and blood, scattered profanity and some crude references (slang). Running time: 84 minutes.
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