Cloverfield is one of the most exciting and frightening sci-fi horrors of the last decade. A wobbly-rollercoaster ride that weaves its rickety way through darkened subways and exploding skyscrapers to avoid the powerful, terrifying and destructive force that has New York City under attack. Matt Reeves' monster-horror combines suspense, terror and explosions within its sudden, claustrophobic, and tension-filled scenes of desperate New Yorkers struggling to stay alive.
Rob's (Michael Stahl-David) impending trip to Tokyo is put on hold when, during his going away party, a devastating and frightening presence starts to destroy the city. As the explosions, screams and devastation increase, Rob, his brother Jason (Mike Vogel) and their group of friends face the most difficult decision of their lives. As Rob's long-term friend and current love interest Beth (Odette Yustman) is trapped alone in her apartment on the other side of the city, do they attempt to save themselves and flee the city to safety or head further in to the ruin and save Beth?
Cloverfield is a fantastically wrought film, where The Blair Witch Project style of using a handheld home video camera throughout adds tension and captures the chilling realism of the situation in which the city, and group, have found themselves in. With stylistic flourishes and inventive shocks, director Matt Reeves and visionary producer J. J. Abrams (Lost), have delivered on their `documentary-style' monster attack concept and produced an enjoyable, exhilarating and downright scary monster movie.
Commentary by Director Matt Reeves
Case Designate: Cloverfield (50 mins)
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What's that coming over the hill?!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 07/02/2013 13:54:20
Another wonderful addition to the 'found footage' genre, but this time with a big budget Hollywood vibe!
A wonderful and oddly believable story of survival in Manhattan! The film starts with your standard introduction to the cast, which lends itself very well to them becoming all the more relatable! The Blu-Ray quality means that there certainly is more viewing pleasure, as even through the camcorder style filming, there is a lot more to notice!
The pace of the film is very easy and it does not waste time with filler scenes so common to the genre. The effects are wonderful, everything rendered well, even the flying debris feels real and oddly threatening. This is one of those fine moments of survival cinema where you can really exercise the 'if it was me' muscles!
'Found footage' fans will take away something fresh and well constructed, others will just have a wonderful adventure!
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 10/04/2012 10:44:02
This is a fantastic movie with a cool story and great special effects. The only problem is the shaky camera, but that doesn't ruin the movie at all!
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If you are into cinema then this is a must
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 29/10/2011 16:30:15
Shot in the first person using a handicam (one that has great video quality, an amazing set of mic's, surround mixing desk, smooth compressors & EQ and post-production suite all built in) it may not be for everyone. However, if you can settle into the visual style then the film moves along as if the events were really unfolding in front of you; though doesn't necessarily follow the traditional film structure. There will be those who understand this film and those that don't.
I like it.... a lot.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 25/11/2010 14:52:56
Was a good idea this film but such a shame it wasnt pulled off, dont get me wrong this is a good film but with the whole handed camera filming was a bit to much and really took away alot of the action through them running away and not being able to see what was going on. I give it 3 stars for the whole experience
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watched. slept and the movie was over
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 01/02/2010 12:10:01
You see a handheld perspective that destroys the movie. I understand that it is the movies "uniqeness", but it really doesnt make a movie. The film is boring.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: bravesilver on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Superb! Needs to be given the chance.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 01/06/2009 23:23:48
A visually stunning film, was the first true blockbuster film that used the handy-cam technique (and to great success), has an intriging plot, great acting from unknown actors/actresses and amazing CGI, the most real looking and diffferent looking monster in any film I've ever seen!
Ends not needing a sequel but open to one. Given stick due to the background of the monster and much of the plot not being revealed, however this adds to suspense and mystery of it. Fantastic on blu-ray. For fans of The Blair Witch Project and Lost.
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Good film !! totally immersive......
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 08/05/2009 22:36:43
im not really in to this sort of film, but after watching it i must admit, it was GOOD !!, the way the movie was shot was totally immersing, you felt like you were part of it...at the beginning it felt strange, then BOOM !! whats happening here, takes a bit of getting used to, due to the majority of the film was shot with a camcorder, ( or at least it looks like it ), watched it 4 times now, very good, but slightly weird !!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: flippers68 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR TV!!!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 22/04/2009 07:25:25
Once you grow accustomed to the handheld video cam - this movie sucks you in...this is how it must have felt during 9/11...the CGIs are amazing on bluray with lots of detail & inky blacks...The suspense builds & builds & builds with awesome DolbyTrueHD lossless audio booming through every speaker....No, your bluray player isn't acting up, this is how its meant to look & it works. Don't listen to negative reviews - just immerse yourself in the story & suspend belief. The ending is a surprise too! Highly recommended!
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 16/03/2009 13:06:37
This has got to be the worst film I have seen in years. That is all I have to say.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 08/03/2009 13:28:06
Fantastic film, great idea. Survival horror at its best!!
Dont watch this film looking for any kind of deep meanings, have some imagination, put yourself in the characters shoes and take it for what every film should be: Excellent escapism and entertaining!!!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: beavf1 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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