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Cloverfield (2008)

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Critic Consensus: A sort of Blair Witch Project crossed with Godzilla, Cloverfield is economically paced, stylistically clever, and filled with scares.

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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for violence, terror and disturbing images)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Box Office:
$79,952,254.00
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Cast

Lizzy Caplan
as Marlena
Mike Vogel
as Jason
Theo Rossi
as Antonio
Brian Klugman
as Charlie
Kelvin Yu
as Clark
Ben Feldman
as Travis
Anjul Nigam
as Bodega Cashier
Elena Caruso
as Party Goer
Vakisha Coleman
as Party Goer
Will Greenberg
as Party Goer
Rob Kerkovich
as Party Goer
Ryan Key
as Party Goer
Rasika Mathur
as Party Goer
Baron Vaughn
as Party Goer
Charlyne Yi
as Party Goer
Roma Torre
as Herself
Rick Overton
as Frantic Man
Martin Cohen
as Burly Guy
Jason Cerbone
as Police Officer
Billy Brown
as Staff Sgt. Pryce
Scott Lawrence
as Lead Soldier
Tim Griffin
as Command Center Officer
Chris Mulkey
as Lt. Col. Graff
Jason Lombard
as Second Medic
Jamie Martz
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Cloverfield

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (41)

It's like Abrams and crew have looked into the void and thought: the only thing worse than Armageddon is if no one witnessing it is hot.

Full Review… | January 29, 2008
I.E. Weekly
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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… | January 22, 2008
Village Voice
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I had a lot of fun with this inside-out take on the monster movie.

January 22, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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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… | January 22, 2008
New Yorker
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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… | January 22, 2008
Chicago Reader
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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… | January 18, 2008
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for Cloverfield

½

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 you'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!!!

Eric S
Eric S

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½

four and a half stars...

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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