Cloverfield

Cloverfield

Matt Reeves (2008)

81min
15 Certificate
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A gigantic creature of unknown origin pulverises its way through Manhattan in this YouTube-style monster mash-up co-produced by Lost creator JJ Abrams. There are clever dashes of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and The Host, but the characters - partygoers filming a going-away do - lack emotional depth and stumble a little too carelessly into danger. The interesting gimmick here is the intimate approach to epic disaster provided by the action unfolding via an amateur camcorder. The found-footage technique often creates a gripping, up-close-and-personal portrait of events, and the shaky-cam terrors meld effectively with loud bangs and glimpses of the HP Lovecraft-inspired behemoth. The fearful wonderment generated by such exciting mayhem is palpable as the documentary approach adds enormous resonance to what is essentially a fun repackaging of one of those stop-motion Ray Harryhausen fantasies from the 1950s and 60s.

Summary

A gigantic monster of unknown origin rises from the sea and attacks New York. As the military throws everything they have at the creature to little effect, five survivors set off on a dangerous journey across the city to rescue a friend. One of the group documents their journey on a video camera, creating a first-hand record of the carnage. Found-footage thriller, starring Michael Stahl-David and Lizzy Caplan.

Cast & Crew

Marlena Diamond Lizzy Caplan
Lily Ford Jessica Lucas
Hudson "Hud" Platt T J Miller
Rob Hawkins Michael Stahl-David
Jason Hawkins Mike Vogel
Beth McIntyre Odette Yustman
Bodega cashier Anjul Nigam
Jenn Margot Farley
Antonio Theo Rossi
Charlie Brian Klugman
Clark Kelvin Yu
Director Matt Reeves
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 1 Feb 2008

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