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Cloverfield (2008)

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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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Matt Reeves

Writer:

Drew Goddard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lizzy Caplan ... Marlena Diamond
Jessica Lucas ... Lily Ford
T.J. Miller ... Hudson 'Hud' Platt
Michael Stahl-David ... Rob Hawkins
Mike Vogel ... Jason Hawkins
Odette Annable ... Beth McIntyre (as Odette Yustman)
Anjul Nigam ... Bodega Cashier
Margot Farley ... Jenn
Theo Rossi ... Antonio
Brian Klugman ... Charlie
Kelvin Yu ... Clark
Liza Lapira ... Heather
Lili Mirojnick ... Lei
Ben Feldman ... Travis
Elena Caruso ... Party Goer
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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. 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1-18-08 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the original ideas for a title for the movie was "Greyshot," both a reference to the hand-held style of filming and the name of the bridge in Central Park where Rob and Beth take refuge. See more »

Goofs

In the theatre, it is obvious that the footage is of very high audio-video quality, including multi-channel surround sound and ultra-high-resolution video at 24 frames per second, typical of movie productions, as opposed to 30-frame-per-second digitally compressed video with stereo sound that can be created with most consumer video. However, this is a necessary and deliberate change on the part of the crew, and not an error. Producing a movie with "authentic" quality based on the equipment Hud is carrying would have produced a very poor result when projected onto hundred-foot screens, and incompatibilities in frame rate between a 30-frame-per-second recording and the 24-frames-per-second provided by movie projectors would have created a movie which was unusable to most theaters. 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

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

Connections

Referenced in Reel (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Do The Whirlwind
Written by David Cameron Bird
Performed by Architecture in Helsinki
Courtesy of Bar None Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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User Reviews

 
An extremely well-made movie. Don't listen to the haters.
5 April 2010 | by substance24See all my reviews

I can remember back months before this movie came out, watching the teaser trailer for this film for the first time. The sense of foreboding and mystery I felt watching the trailer was the same as when I watched the film in the theater. It is an excellently-made movie.

Although it starts off a little slow (with introducing the characters and their relationships), when the action kicks in, it doesn't stop. There are maybe 6-7 minutes where there is not some kind of thrilling event happening. The relationship between the characters Rob and Beth is palpable, as is the chemistry between all the actors.

Pros: -Many thrills -Surprisingly good acting for a 'no-name' cast -Great story -Convincing special effects

Cons: -The shaky camera may be nauseating to some people -The acting in some scenes could be a little better -If you are someone who likes for all the loose ends to be tied up at the end, this is not for you

Overall, I give this movie 8 out of 10 stars. I love it, and it is in my top 10 favorite movies. It always will be. I highly recommend watching this on a large screen, with the sound turned up loud for maximum enjoyment.


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