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Cloverfield (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 January 2008 (USA)
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A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beth McIntyre (as Odette Yustman)
Bodega Cashier
Margot Farley ...
Party Goer


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. A group of friends throw a farewell party for Rob, who is leaving New York to go and work in Japan. However, as the party progresses, violent shakes and explosions herald the arrival of an unknown creature, which begins its rampage by throwing the head of the Statue of Liberty down into a street. As they go to investigate, an adventure deep into the streets of New York begins, as the friends are determined to rescue Rob's true love. Written by Pip Carlson

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1-18-08  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,146,546, 20 January 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,048,433, 10 April 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,764,026, 10 April 2008
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the manga series, we learn the monster attacked Japan it attacked Manhattan.. and when the film was released on DVD in Australia, videos of the monster attacking Sydney and Melbourne appeared. See more »


"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 title card at the beginning of the film claims the footage was recorded on an SD card." The footage was captured on tape, and after retrieval was later transferred to an SD card by the Department of Defense along with overlaid official document reference codes, a time counter, and the watermark "PROPERTY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, DO NOT DUPLICATE", which can be seen at the very beginning of the film. See more »


[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

During the Paramount and Bad Robot logos, the creatures footsteps can be heard growing louder and louder as the titles progress. See more »


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Seventeen Years
Written by Evan Peter Mast & Michael Duane Stroud
Performed by Ratatat
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Breath of fresh air
17 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

It was nice to finally watch movie that didn't seem like anything I'd ever seen before. This, much like Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" and "Children of Men", completely immerses you in this incredible situation with absolutely no knowledge to comfort you. It's very disorienting, which adds to the experience; you never figure out what the hell is going on but you're so into survival that you put it past you. You're placed with a bunch of characters whom you get to know and eventually must join in their frenzied search for a friend while being subjected to some horrifying imagery and new threats.

The effects look great and realistic thanks to the hand-held camera, which isn't too bad-looking if you manage to get a seat further from the screen. The filmmakers came up with some really great creature designs that were menacing yet very much original. If you're bound to be upset over seeing a movie with a lack of music, then stay for the credits, during which a fantastic suite of music composed by Michael Giacchino titled "Roar! (Cloverfield Theme)" plays.

All in all, a fantastic time at the movies. A little more background on the monster would be nice, though the absence of this information is intentional. Everyone in the theater was rooting for a sequel; maybe a second set of footage is found elsewhere? Or perhaps there is more the the viral marketing -- what exactly were Slusho and Tagruato? Also be prepared to suspend some disbelief, but considering the movie is about a monster destroying New York City, that shouldn't be too difficult.

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