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Cloverfield (2008)

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Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.

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Storyline

Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a hand-held video camera. The movie is exactly the length of a DV Tape and a sub-plot is established by showing bits and pieces of video previously recorded on the tape that is being recorded over. The movie starts as a monster of unknown origin destroys a building. As they go to investigate, parts of the building and the head of the Statue of Liberty come raining down. The movie follows their adventure trying to escape and save a friend, a love interest of the main character. Written by Pip Carlson

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Some Thing Has Found Us


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Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,485,956 (UK) (1 February 2008)

Gross:

$80,034,302 (USA) (4 April 2008)
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Trivia

The only "score" composition for this film is an instrumental piece by Michael Giacchino played over the end credits, titled "Roar! (Cloverfield Overture)". This composition was intended to evoke the score of classic monster movies of the '50s and '60s (e.g. Godzilla). Roar! was not included on the soundtrack CD (which was packaged as a mix CD of music from Rob's surprise party), and as of 2011 has not been officially released on CD, but it was included when the soundtrack collection was later released on iTunes. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, footage is shown being recorded over existing footage, as if the camera were recording on digital or analogue tape. Rob and Hud even discuss whether the tape was changed during the party. However, the the title card at the beginning of the film claims the footage was recorded on an SD card. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rob Hawkins: It's 6:42 AM. Beth's dad's place. He's out of town. And it's already a good day.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits there is a garbled radio transmission which some say sounds like "Help us!", when played backward it says "It's still alive!" See more »

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Referenced in 30 Rock: Gavin Volure (2008) See more »

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Four Winds
Written by Conor Oberst
Performed by and Courtesy of 'Bright Eyes'
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Much better than anticipated
8 June 2009 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I didn't have high hopes for this one, having read the reviews. Monster movie meets Blair Witch. But it's absolutely an OK flick.

Great effects and an extremely cool apocalyptic atmosphere. Definitely worth a watch.

Hand-held camera can be tiring, yes - but in this case, and combined with the great effects, it works.

The plot itself isn't exactly news, but as it's all seen from the antagonists point of view and with no further explanation, you really get that "what would I have done"-feeling.

Yes, we need explanations, but I really like that Abrams hasn't tried to tag on an ending explaining what happened.


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