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Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel ... see more see more... , Odette Annable , Blake Lively , Odet Jasmin

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 ... read more read more...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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008

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  • June 6, 2008
    A unique look at the monster movie genre. Many will not like the film approach but i enjoyed it.
  • August 17, 2013
    I was a bit reluctant to see this one, but I have to say that the effect of seeing from the point of view of someone in a town being ravaged by something that is not of this world and ultimately deadly in every way is quite creepy and mesmerizing. I don't say that too often.
    So ... read moreyou'd gather that the special effects would be quite impressive and you'd be right.
    I love it when someone comes up with a different MONSTER!!!
  • June 23, 2013
    four and a half stars...
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    August 25, 2012
    J.J. Abrams produces a graphic, in-depth look at terror in the streets of New York City. With a new style of direction as well as level of sci-fi thrills, Cloverfield is a menacing picture that keeps you guessing and jumping. 4/5
  • July 14, 2012
    Having recently watched (and thoroughly enjoyed) the latest of found footage film's in "Chronicle", I decided to look back at one of the sub-genre's most critically praised. Now, when "Cloverfield" was released in 2008, I could really give two shits. However, I feel that might h... read moreave judged this film unfairly and wanted to go back and give it another chance. After all, director Matt Reeves and particularly producer J.J. Abrams have built a steady reputation on the back of this.
    While documenting a friends farewell party on video camera, a group of New Yorker's find themselves videoing something else entirely. Their send-off is interrupted by an attack on the city as a massive and terrifying monster creates incredible havoc and tears the city apart.
    As the film opens, we are given the gist straight away; middle-class yuppie-types with too much money and nothing to talk about. They have irritating mannerisms and deliver their dialogue in a resemblance of the kooky characters from the long-running TV show "Friends". In this, I wasn't sold. In fact, the only reason I persevered was just too see if any of them eventually got their heads ripped off. Thankfully, that wasn't too far from the truth. After the long and protracted opening, the film suddenly jolts you to attention as panic sets in on the realisation that New York is under attack from some foriegn entity. The allegory to 9/11 is very apparent. As is the comparisons with another monster classic "Godzilla". It's at this point that you realise the dull opening was forgivable. Deliberate even. This isn't a film about character development or even story. This is an unashamed monster/horror film about thrills and it's a fine one at that. I have often proclaimed my dislike to a lot of found footage film's and that particular style does become a bit irritating, not to mention disorientating here. However, it also works very highly in delivering the confusion and tension. The special effects are very impressive indeed and allow forgiveness for many of the film's shortcomings. As mentioned, I had a real problem with the grating and shallow characters but, like most film's of the found footage variety, you can imagine my delight at the realisation that there are very few, if any, survivors. That's not say that I didn't find myself rooting for them on occasion. I did, but that's down the creativity of the filmmakers. Matt Reeves, (who done "Let Me In" - the American remake of the Swedish vampire movie "Let The Right One In") does a sterling job in only his second directorial outing. He manages to mount the tension in abundance and he does it all, without the use of music. It was only after it was over and the credits were rolling that I realised my perception of this film had not been manipulated in any way, with an overbearing score.
    You can see the clout that producer J.J. Abrams brings to the table here but his backing only allows a talented director to flourish. And that he does. This is a stylistically crafted, adrenaline filled, modern B-movie that commands your attention.
  • July 14, 2012
    Loved it! Action-packed movie that has a good plot.
  • fb100000716838411
    May 27, 2012
    I've heard a lot of good things about this movie, but never have I actually met someone who liked it. A lot of people at my school have called it one of the worst movies they've ever seen. I think that's way too harsh considering that movies like Jaws 4 and Batman and Robin exist... read more. I watched the movie and I liked it. I liked how the beginning focuses on introducing characters and setting the groundwork for the movie. I actually liked the films slow start which is something rare for me. Believe me, when the monster shows up and shit hits the fan, it gets really intense. The shaky cam gives you a more realistic feeling to the whole situation and made the experience more engaging. During the scenes of destruction, the monster isn't the only thing to worry about. When the Brooklyn Bridge falls apart I was like "Monster? I'd be more concerned about those thick wires waving around, getting hit by one of those would hurt like hell." New York is just a complete mess in this movie and it just goes to show whenever something threatening comes to Earth, its first target is New York. I don't know what it is about the Big Apple being under attack all the time. (Be honest, you can name about 30 movies where New York is under attack.) An occuring theme in Cloverfield is not showing the monster and I liked that a lot. Only showing bits of it only builds up the audiences anticipation of seeing what it looks like. I really liked the design of the monster too. If I were to see something like that staring me down, a trail of piss would be following me as I run away. My only problem with the movie is the shaky cam. I did like it for making the movie realistic and giving the illusion everything was real, but there were times where it was shaking so much that I actually almost threw up. It was nauseating in some scenes, but in the end Cloverfield is a solid monster movie that has really intense scenes, great effects and I actually wanted the characters to survive the whole ordeal. That's what I need in a monster movie.
  • March 24, 2012
    The actors play this perfectly as they battle and actually genuinely act as if "Hud" is actually filming it with a crummy camera that flips back to the past when they are happy and the BIG contrast with present. This really shows what we WOULD do in this type of scenario.
  • March 9, 2012
    Crank up the sound, dim the lights, and be immersed in this tense, riveting, and stark vision of a Godzilla-like invasion through the eyes of its victims. Greatly enjoyed it (I wasn't the few that got dizzy from its shaky camera work). The CGI was stunning.
  • February 9, 2012
    OK this is how Godzilla should have been, a more mature and tense affair which actually feels like a disaster movie. Lets not get carried away though, its not superb, its good and very exciting which due to the handheld cam idea really makes you feel the tension big time. This al... read moreso makes you feel kinda sick after time and you find when the action kicks in so does the person holding the cam.....sooooo the picture is flying about all over the place. This is of course deliberate but you feel like your missing whats going on, its all moving too fast for you to focus. Effective in short bursts but for a whole film it becomes tough going on the eyes.

    The actors are all very good and due to their unknowness it does feel very real, the effects are top notch and clearly 9/11 was used for homework on the destruction effects through the city, huge clouds flowing through the streets brings back an eerie chill, as for the monster, its pretty good, its certainly a mixture of possible ideas from different creatures and it does work and look menacing.

    There are little facehugger style creatures too which does feel abit copied but they look good. In all its very good, afew silly bits like managing to find the lost girlfriend in a building torn apart, rather easy and convenient and I'm not too sure about the ending. Its original and shows that the whole event is actually a recording from what took place maybe days before, so its after the disaster basically, but the final scene with the leads I find hard to work out, was it a huge bomb blast from the military or the creature? still very well done.

Critic Reviews

Nathan Lee
January 22, 2008
Nathan Lee, Village Voice

The mechanism is the message in Cloverfield, a movie so aluminum-sleek, ultra-portable, and itsy-bitsy sexy, it's amazing Steve Jobs didn't pull it out of an envelope at Macworld. Full Review

Richard Roeper
January 22, 2008
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

I had a lot of fun with this inside-out take on the monster movie.

Anthony Lane
January 22, 2008
Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Under the modern flummery, behind the faux amateurism and the handheld shudder, Cloverfield is a vastly old-fashioned piece of work, creaking with hilarious contrivance. Full Review

J. R. Jones
January 22, 2008
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

The fleeting, incomplete glimpses of the monster early on prove the old dictum of B-movie auteur Val Lewton that a momentary image can have greater impact than a prolonged one. Full Review

Stephanie Zacharek
January 18, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek,

Maybe we now live in a world where we record the moment first and feel it later. If that's the case, Cloverfield leaves us waiting to feel. Full Review

Peter Howell
January 18, 2008
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Smartly reconjures the 1950s monster movie for the digital age. Full Review

Mark Rahner
January 18, 2008
Mark Rahner, Seattle Times

It's a giant-monster movie from the point of view of some of those little people running and shrieking in the street -- and it works incredibly well. Full Review

Steven Rea
January 18, 2008
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

The running and climbing, the tidal waves of debris rushing down the avenues, the screams and carnage grow tiresome. Full Review

Roger Moore
January 18, 2008
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

A jolt to the genre. The camera tumbles, the smoke billows, gigantic footsteps thunk, women shriek and the car alarms blare. And we are there. Full Review

Keith Phipps
January 18, 2008
Keith Phipps, AV Club

It puts human faces on the victims of mass destruction, faces that might easily have been yours or mine, staring down the maw of something we don't understand. Full Review

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    • Marlena: I don't feel so good...
    • Hud: Rob, it's time to leave the electronic store.
    • Marlena: It's eating people.
    • Rob Hawkins: Look at me! Look at me! Look at me. I love you!
    • Beth Mcintyre: I love you!
    • Hud: Rob, what time do the choppers take off?
    • Rob Hawkins: 0600.
    • Hud: What time is that?
    • Rob Hawkins: 6:00 Hud.
    • Hud: Oh yeah, I knew that.
    • Hud: Please tell me she lives on the ground floor.
    • Rob Hawkins: 39th.
    • Hud: Shit.

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