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Cloverfield (2008)

Director(s): Matt Reeves

Theatrical Release: 2008

Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman

Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Horror, disaster, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

(2 / 2)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 84m.

Producer J.J. Abrams teams with writer Drew Goddard and director Matt Reeves for this frenetic tale of a powerful destructive force that descends upon New York City, and the four desperate people who put their lives on the line to embark on a perilous rescue mission. Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) is a young American professional who has recently been offered a coveted new job in Japan. Eager to send his older sibling off in style, Rob's younger brother, Jason (Mike Vogel), and his girlfriend, Lily (Jessica Lucas), organize a surprise going-away party to take place the night before Rob boards his Eastern-bound flight. As the party gets underway, Rob's longtime friend and current love interest, Beth (Odette Yustman), shows up with another man as the dejected guest of honor's best-pal Hud (T.J. Miller) encourages partygoer Marlena (Lizzy Caplan) to wish him an on-camera farewell despite the fact that they barely know one another. Moments after Beth storms out following a bitter skirmish with Rob, the entire New York City skyline goes dark. Power is quickly restored, prompting partygoers to turn their attention toward the news, where they learn that a freight tanker has been overturned in New York Harbor. Racing to the rooftop in hopes of getting a better look at the situation, the group is terrified to witness a massive explosion that rains debris across midtown Manhattan, causing mass chaos and unparalleled destruction. But the worst is yet to come, because it soon becomes apparent that this is not the work of a terrorist or an act of war, but a massive creature beyond human comprehension. Now, as the military moves in and the streets of New York City become a virtual war zone, Rob, Lily, Marlena, and Hud race to rescue Beth and get out of the city before the powers that be unleash the ultimate weapon of mass destruction on one of the most populated cities on the planet. (


DVD Special Features:

! Deleted Scenes

! Alternate Endings

! Outtakes

! The Making-of Cloverfield

! Featurettes

! Commentary by director Matt Reeves and, hidden research into case designate Cloverfield

Member Reviews

The Blair Godzilla Project by verclear - May 23, 2008
J.J. Abrams makes the argument well that Big Hollywood can add digital fx to a documentary-like feel of a camcorder film and deserves to make 3 times the budget back(+)in the process. And you know what? In this case, I agree with that idea. And,in fact; I really liked it. The mystique surrounding the film's creature kept people filling the seats, a first smart move. The romantic sub-plot isn't too smarmy and drives the film fairly well; but the real success was Mr. Abrams use of actually new and different ways of both seeing(and the results of the audience seeing) the creature. No spoilers here; you'll know what I mean when you see the film. He also adds some fascinating and visually arresting scenes that make the viewer stand up and really contemplate what would happen if you were actually there with the actors... it feels like you could, indeed, be. That said, rent it, put on some stabilizing goggles ( as that is the one annoyance of the film, the constant jumpiness of the visual track, which some people cannot take for more than 2-3 minutes) and prepare to be pleasantly transfixed and startled.

Success by RW - June 1, 2008
There are a million ways I would expect a studio to cheat with a premise like this (first person found footage of a monster attack on NYC), and surprisingly they just didn't. No outlandish in-camera editing, no fortuitous narrator appearing from nowhere and explaining the situation, no lingering shots of the creature effects. I had high hopes and was pleased in every way.