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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.
Sci-Fi - This is a short, fast monster movie shot Blair Witch Project
style, meaning that viewers should be prepared for unsteady camera
work that could cause motion sickness. The target audience is the
young male monster movie crowd looking for thrills and nothing else.
The film is too intense for young children.
PROFANITY: Over 30 S-words, 2 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some comic sex talk. VIOLENCE: Creature attacks and combat. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Chases, explosions, creature attacks, combat. COMEDY: Occasional wisecracks.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Cloverfield gives the impression of having been produced on a low budget, but the special effects are first rate.
Roger EbertFull Review Good The movie, which has been in a vortex of rumors for months, is actually pretty scary at times.
USA TodayFull Review Good Though it has a gimmicky high concept, Cloverfield is a surprisingly gripping thriller. Employing a pseudo-documentary handheld camera style, it offers a fresh spin on the monster movie genre.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 168 moviegoers:"Cloverfield" is certainly one of those movies that you will either love or hate. The main negative comment was about the shaky camera they used to film the movie with. But, this unique type of filming was also one of the most mentioned positive comments. So, your enjoyment of this movie almost totally depends on how you react to the shaky filming. It will either make you feel sick or it will add a new level of realism and suspense.
On the eve of his departure for Japan, Rob (Michael Stahl-David) sees his
going-away party as an opportunity to confess unresolved feelings and tie up
loose ends. His agenda takes an unexpected turn when a jolt shakes the revelers.
The crowd quiets down to watch news reports of an earthquake, then rushes to
the roof to assess the damage. A fireball explodes on the distant horizon. A
power failure follows. Confusion gives way to panic as the partygoers stumble
through the blackout and into the streets.
Amid the human screams and one inhuman roar, Rob and his friends
must traverse a landscape that has changed, overtaken by something
otherworldly, terrifying, monstrous…