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CLOVERFIELD

 
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At Theaters: 1/18/2008 On Video: 4/22/2008
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 30 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 509927
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Michael Stahl-David THE PROJECT
Mike Vogel SUPERCROSS THE MOVIE, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
Odette Yustman THE HOLIDAY, TRANSFORMERS
Lizzy Caplan MEAN GIRLS
Jessica Lucas SHE'S THE MAN, THE COVENANT
T.J. Miller TV's - CARPOOLERS
Director: Matt Reeves THE PALLBEARER
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Production Notes Heading
Making "Cloverfield"
About The Casting
Building A Better Monster
Crushing The Big Apple
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Content Heading
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.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Cloverfield gives the impression of having been produced on a low budget, but the special effects are first rate.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good The movie, which has been in a vortex of rumors for months, is actually pretty scary at times.

USA Today Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 168 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
37
Fairly Low
68%
13-19Teens (F)
40
Low
53%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
42
Fairly Low
62%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
Low
47%
30+Adults (M)
25
Fairly High
68%
30+Adults (F)
9
Fairly Low
78%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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…

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