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Cloverfield

50 Ratings: 2.3
A movie directed by Matt Reeves

One of the first things a viewer notices aboutCloverfieldis that it doesn't play by ordinary storytelling rules, making this intriguing horror film as much a novelty as an event. Told from the vertiginous point-of-view of a camcorder-wielding group … see full wiki

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: January 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
20 reviews about Cloverfield
review by . May 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     I've gotten tired of the gimmicky "found-footage" style of filmmaking, especially in horror films. I love the horror genre for many reasons, and these films...they have plagued it with the same old approach. However, "Cloverfield", in spite of its premise, offers something new for movie-goers. Think of is as "Godzilla", but if it had been filmed with a piece-of-shit camcorder. Also, the monster here isn't Japanese.    In the end, I think …
review by . October 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
When one thinks of "Cloverfield" (2008) the awesome "hyped-up" trailer comes to mind. The teaser trailer was very well-marketed and does grab our attention. J.J. Abrams (Mission Impossible, Lost) definitely knows how to arouse the curiosity and attention of moviegoers. Now, the only problem with hyping up a film so much is that it either works or it doesn't. Hype can definitely work in putting people on theater seats but once word gets out that the film is "anything …
review by . February 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Godzilla on steroids
  When reviewing Cloverfield obvious comparisons to movies like Godzilla are easy to make, but this film is so much more then a simple monster bash. Cloverfield is a wild mix of Godzilla like monster fun, blended with The Blair Witch Project camera style and Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition) like suspense all blended together to make one of the most perfect monster/disaster/horror films of the modern day.       First off lets give some credit to the incredible job the producers …
review by . May 28, 2009
WTF???
I highly recommend watching Cloverfield this year or any other year ...if you are being held at gunpoint. Otherwise, you are free to skip it as I wish I had. Thankfully, a friend bought me the movie ticket & I even felt sorry for the poor chap afterwards having to invest money on this hunk of steaming crap.       I have heard all the rumours on how Cloverfield is the new Blair Witch Project. Just forget it! Blair Witch Project & Cloverfield …
review by . February 09, 2009
Just like many of you, when I saw the preview for this film I instantly dubbed it "a must see". What can I say? Something about the head of the Statue of Liberty rolling down the streets of Manhattan had me hooked. More importantly I couldn't wait to find out what exactly was causing this carnage. So it was with great expectations I strapped myself in for what was sure to be an incredible ride.      Now I could go on and on here about who the cast is but you would have no idea …
review by . April 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Special effects, pacing      Cons: Nothing original, terrible narrator, very shaky camera--not for the motion sick.      The Bottom Line: If you've watched half a dozen scary or alien movies, then Cloverfield stole part of it; still there's enough to entertain.  Warning if you are prone to motionsickness, skip it.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Cloverfield is the …
review by . August 02, 2008
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To give the utmost atmosphere of authenticity, `Cloverfield' films all its monster movie proceedings as though an amateur were using an average video camera. All the starts and stops of footage are effective enough, and the glimpses of the modern equivalent of New York City's Godzilla keep tangible, but not always present.     Just like all disaster pictures, the prologue introduces us to all of the characters. We need to know and care about them. Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) …
review by . July 05, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
The idea behind the film is clever, even if it is a bit obvious -- to the point where it's surprising nobody has done anything quite like it, or at least nothing on a similar scale. Somebody thought, let's make a monster mayhem flick but instead of a blockbuster make it an indie, shot amateur style: Godzilla meets the Blair Witch. That allows them to economize on the special effects, using sparing effects that would work on tv but not on the big screen -- but when shot on a consumer video camera …
review by . November 03, 2008
You know a movie is bad when it is set in New York but named after a road in Santa Monica, CA..... This gives you an idea how unimaginative and mindless the movie is.    I didn't mind the cinimatography. However there wasn't really a plot to peak of, the characters were pretty lame, and the monster was pretty one-dimensional. In general, I say don't bother with this movie.
review by . October 02, 2008
Pros: no pros in this film     Cons: darkness overrides production     The Bottom Line:   "No one knows what I am  No one knows why I did it   No one knows from where I come  I am Clovie!"  ~wjmmovieman         For once I get to bash a monster flick in the same decade as it was released. Never seeing any trailers for this film, and reading only summary comments from viewers, …
review by . September 08, 2008
Now that all the hype has die down I was able to give this film an objective look. I have to admit I was impressed. This movie throws out the music, set-ups, and cheap scares out the window - in a good way. Nothing in this movie tells you you're watching a movie of course. You're completely disorientated from start to finish, completely uncomfortable and on edge. And that is a hell of an achievement in today's de-sensitized movie environment. While I didn't jump once, I did find myself clutching …
review by . July 24, 2008
By reading the other reviews, I get the feeling that many of their authors are basing their reviews of their experiences in the theater. I have seen this movie on the small-screen only, and will state that the hand-held camera point-of-view of this movie is not that bad when seen on a 21-inch screen. You still all the important details of each scene, without getting sick in either the head or stomach.    Now to the story itself. New York City is being wrecked by a 300-feet tall …
review by . February 12, 2008
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Ever since we saw the teaser trailer for this film, "Cloverfield" has been something we've been waiting to see. More for curiosity then because the movie looked genuinely good, but hey, you have to admit that we haven't seen an advertising campaign like this in a long time. Imagine, an advertising campaign that made you WANT to see the movie! Gee, wonder why this movie did so well at the box office? Think Hollywood: What can we learn from this film? Anyway, despite all the hype and curiosity this …
review by . January 18, 2008
There are monster movies and then there's "Cloverfield," a film that many have correctly described as a cross between the "Godzilla" films and "The Blair Witch Project." Rather than conventional movie cameras and conventional movie camera tricks, a handheld camcorder is utilized for this film, meaning that the visuals are effectively reduced to shaky close ups, choppy cuts, and problems with lighting and focusing. But camera tricks are only part of what makes "Cloverfield" so incredible: here's …
review by . April 07, 2008
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The basic "plot" of CLOVERFIELD is this. A group of twenty-something hip New Yorkers are having a going away party for one of their friends, Rob (Michael Stahl-David) who has received a big promotion at the company he works for and is moving to Japan. The party is going along relatively smoothly until Rob has a brief confrontation with his ex-girlfriend. Shortly after there is a massive explosion and the power goes out. No one knows what is happening and the party moves outside. The frivolity comes …
review by . March 26, 2008
The idea, conceived by producer J.J. Abrams, is brilliant, and the story told here is exciting, riveting stuff. It's tense and, at times, genuinely scary. If not for one little problem, I would have thoroughly enjoyed this film.    The problem is in the presentation. And it's a biggie.    Since the entire movie is supposed to come from a single hand-held camera, everything is in Shaky-Cam (or, as Roger Ebert aptly called it, "Queasy-Cam"). Hence, the movie …
review by . January 27, 2008
The idea, conceived by producer J.J. Abrams, is brilliant, and the story told here is exciting, riveting stuff. It's tense and, at times, genuinely scary. If not for one little problem, I would have thoroughly enjoyed this film.     The problem is in the presentation.     Since the entire movie is supposed to come from a single hand-held camera, everything is in Shaky-Cam (or, as Roger Ebert aptly called it, "Queasy-Cam"). Hence, the movie quickly and continually …
review by . January 25, 2008
Perusing a number of reviews about this film, I've come to realize that a lot of people are giving it three or less stars because they felt that it was "overhyped." However, after watching "Cloverfield," I saw that it met my expectations as a somewhat experimental monster movie. J.J. Abrams merely planted the seed last year with that brief glimpse of footage from what we would learn to be as Hud's "documentary" on the last night that his friend, Rob, would be spending in Manhattan before heading …
review by . January 22, 2008
It's already a cliché to call CLOVERFIELD the "Blair Witch Meets Godzilla" movie. But that's about as accurate a snapshot of this film as you could want. The entire experience is seen through the point of view of one guy who starts out by filming his friend's going-away party and becomes his video of the attack on Manhattan by a Godzilla-like monster.    This method accomplished several crucial things:    1) It allows the movie's very low budget to get stretched …
review by . January 18, 2008
Pros: Great Premise adn execution.     Cons: Some may want more questions answered.     The Bottom Line: What was once a tired genre has been refreshed.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Shrouded in mystery and riding a wave of fan hype, “Cloverfield” has at last arrived in theaters and delivers the goods. The film is produced by J.J. Abrams who is the mastermind behind “LOST”, …
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