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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.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.3/10 (174,005 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Matt Reeves

Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan

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.

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

Taglines: Some Thing Has Found Us


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Official site [Ukraine] |

Release Date: 18 January 2008

Filming Locations: Bloomingdale's - 1000 Third Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $46,146,546 (USA) (20 January 2008) (3411 Screens)

Gross: $170,764,026 (Worldwide) (10 April 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The rats used in the tunnel scene were specially-trained and colored with a dark, charcoal-like substance to give them the appearance of wild, dirty tunnel rats. The rats in the final shot were completely computer-generated.

Revealing mistakes: No camera comes with an integrated light (which it is obviously as Hud must be pointed to it) that has such power as it is seen in the tunnel.

[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.

User Review

Tremendous thrills!

Rating: 9/10

Some people have derisively compared this film to The Blair Witch Project because it was all told from the point of view of someone's shaking camera. Unless you have motion sickness, I don't think that's a bad thing. What matters is who's in front of the camera. While The Blair Witch Project featured annoying people screaming at each other, this movie actually made me care about the characters. In fact if it had continued with the romantic drama tone established during the first half hour, I STILL think it would have been worth watching and that's the biggest compliment I can give it.

Of course people will be watching this movie for the visceral pleasure and Colverfield delivers. Many thrilling visual and sound effects wowed me (there were a few times I yelled out in shock at a sudden scare). Any horror film will also benefit from a sense of entrapment and this movie pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of making New York City seem claustrophobic because there was seemingly nowhere to hide from the monster.

What is the monster? Whatever it is clearly is meant to be an allegory for the carnage 9/11 inflicted on New York, much the same way Godzilla was meant to be an allegory for the damage inflicted on Japan by the atom bomb. There are moments seemingly recreating the documentary footage from 9/11, and they give the film verisimilitude. Touching upon real life horror, plus creating characters that we can relate to and care about, and assaulting our senses with incredible sights and sounds leads to entertainment worth watching many times over. Perhaps the 80 minute run time will bother some people, but on the other hand I think that's better than a film wearing out its welcome. Great job J.J. Abrams and company!

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