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Cloverfield (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  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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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. 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. Written by Pip Carlson

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

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,146,546 (USA) (18 January 2008)

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$80,034,302 (USA) (4 April 2008)
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The movie is viewed primarily from the point of view of Hud, the character who uses the camera the most. H.U.D. is short for Heads-Up Display, a method for overlaying information onto a view of one's surroundings such as Timestamps on video footage. See more »

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It's clear that Rob didn't record for 7 hours. There are about 70 minutes of footage in the movie, so the battery would only have had to last that long. Most consumer digital cameras, even battery-hungry miniDV devices, boast a recording time of more than 2 hours on the supplied battery pack, and on the order of five hours on the manufacturer's high-endurance option. See more »

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[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

At the end of the closing credits there is a garbled radio transmission which some say sounds like "Help us!", when played backward it says "It's still alive!" See more »

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The Ride
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Performed by Joan As Police Woman
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Cloverfield delivers the thrills - but haters of the Blair Witch style should be wary!
18 January 2008 | by (RI) – See all my reviews

So, I went to a 5PM showing of Cloverfield today. It was pretty good. I found the characters to be very human and developed quite nicely over the course of the story. The special effects were excellent, with quite a few "oh $#!@" moments.

Be warned: If Blair Witch Project made you nauseous, then I don't recommend Cloverfield. The *entire* movie is filmed in the "handy-cam" style of the trailer - but in my opinion, it works better here than in Blair Witch. It helped draw you into the movie and make you feel like you were in it, and it made the CGI more convincing.

Very intense film.


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