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  45. A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
  46. To celebrate Rob's big promotion, his lover, Beth, and friends, decide to throw a big surprise farewell party, now that he is about to move in Japan. However, a deafening explosion and the arrival of an enormous scaly and gangly creature will abruptly interrupt the festivities, as all hell breaks loose in New York City, and the Statue of Liberty is decapitated. As the reptilian behemoth levels Manhattan, a daring dash to rescue Beth begins, while at the same time, everything is recorded through the lens of a hand-held camcorder, amid mayhem and destruction. In the end, where did this relentless invader come from, and above all, is there a chance of survival?
  47. Several things wrong with this movie: 1. Due to the &quot;reality&quot; slant the camera work made me motion sick. All shot hand-held.<br/><br/>2. No plot. It basically shows a monster (of unknown origin) destroying parts of Manhattan. It starts out as a going-away party, then frantic running and screaming in the street, an aborted evacuation that ends in a helicopter crash and then the movie suddenly ends. No explanation to anything. So, what is the purpose of this movie? It was not entertaining.<br/><br/>3. Length. The movie is only about 90 minutes or so and as stated above, there&#39;s 50 minutes of action and no story.
  48. I will firstly state I only give this movie 3 stars, because of the CG effects. if you enjoyed Blair witch project...don&#39;t see this movie. If you like monster flicks...go see it, and be disappointed. The actors in my opinion were extremely low grade, the approach of &quot;Realism&quot; failed because of horrible acting skills. Was the entire movie scripted, or partly improvised? Either way, it was badly done.<br/><br/>The ending is horrible, no matter how you look at it. It looks rushed, and the actors fail at their jobs once again. It was such a generic &quot;Thiller&quot; flick I was sitting there thinking &quot;Are they ever going to hit us with something unexpected?&quot;, sadly they never did.<br/><br/>I really love Lost and all...but;ve failed me this time.
  49. It's not the life-changing movie experience the intense viral marketing attention would lead you to think it is, but its decision to focus on ground-level humanism rather than epic disaster is what separates it from the pack.
  50. While attending a surprise party thrown for Rob Hawkins&#39; (<a href="/name/nm1221863/">Michael Stahl-David</a>) impending move to Japan, the party goers are shocked when Manhattan is rocked by an earthquake. Running out in the street in panic, they witness buildings exploding, and Hudson &#39;Hud&#39; Platt (<a href="/name/nm2554352/">T.J. Miller</a>) (who is the one carrying the videocamera) thinks he sees a giant monster in the distance. Rob, his arrogant brother Jason (<a href="/name/nm1036181/">Mike Vogel</a>), Jason&#39;s girlfriend Lily Ford (<a href="/name/nm1140300/">Jessica Lucas</a>), another friend Marlena Diamond (<a href="/name/nm0135221/">Lizzy Caplan</a>), and Hud and his camera decide to get out of Manhattan, but first they must make it to Midtown to rescue Rob&#39;s girlfriend Beth McIntyre (<a href="/name/nm0951148/">Odette Annable</a>), who is trapped under debris when her apartment wall fell on her. Cloverfield is based on a screenplay written by American screenwriter Drew Goddard. The inspiration for the movie was a trip by producer J.J. Abrams and his son to Japan. While there, he noted the iconic nature of Godzilla in toy stores and wanted to create a similar story for America. Early in 2008, a four-part manga called Cloverfield: Kishin that depicts the events prior to Cloverfield was released as an online exclusive. It&#39;s not just some gobbledegook on the reel or DVD that you&#39;re watching. Cloverfield is presented as found footage, meaning that the movie footage is from a film or video that was found, that is, not shot by a film crew. The &quot;found footage&quot; that comprises this movie was supposedly found in Central Park. It was subsequently catalogued by the U.S. Department of Defense under the cover name &quot;Cloverfield.&quot; The film footage is attributed to several people. Rob first used the camcorder to film a tryst a few weeks earlier with Beth. Lily passed it to Jason, asking him to film goodbye testimonials to Rob. Jason passed it off to Hud, who films the testimonials and then keeps filming when Manhattan comes under attack. This fan-made map pinpoints all the key scenes in the film by geographical location. The film is remarkably accurate with regard to geography. Director Matt Reeves explained in a USA Today article that Cloverfield is the name of the military operation dispatched to battle the monster. This is spelled out in the film, at the very start: &quot;Multiple sightings of Case designate &#39;Cloverfield.&#39;&quot; The phrase is superimposed over a backdrop that says &quot;US Department of Defense - Do Not Duplicate.&quot; Originally, &quot;Cloverfield&quot; was reported to be nothing more than an early working title, derived from the name of a street near J.J. Abrams&#39;s office. In an Entertainment Weekly article (Issue #975, &quot;A New York State of...Panic!&quot; 1/25/08), Drew Goddard, the screenwriter for Cloverfield, says the title was his creation. And the meaning behind the title? &quot;I&#39;ve never told anyone my reasons,&quot; he says, &quot;Not even J.J.&quot; Matt Reeves, in an LAist interview, confirms that the title Cloverfield did come from Goddard. He says it&#39;s a confused version of the name of a corporation Paramount owns.<br/><br/>When we started the project there was going to be an announcement in the trades. In this case, they wanted to keep everything under wraps. So the movie was going to be made under this outside corporation that was basically a property of Paramount. That corporation had a name that I don&#39;t know the name of. I think Clover was the first part of it. Maybe it was Cloverdale. When Drew [Goddard] was putting a name to the project, there was supposed to be a name for the project like there was for The Manhattan Project. So he said, &quot;I am going to use that weird mysterious thing,&quot; and he misheard it. He didn&#39;t even understand that it wasn&#39;t Cloverfield, it was Cloverdale. Maybe that was because of the street by J.J.s old office, but the truth is he just misunderstood it.<br/><br/>Why &quot;Cloverfield&quot;? Fans have many ideas, including the notion that the three-toed monster&#39;s footprints make the ground he walks on look like a field of clover. According to the &quot;viral&quot; marketing campaign, the attack takes place on May 22nd and 23rd of 2008. But in the last scene Rob clearly says, &quot;Saturday, May Twenty-third,&quot; which takes place in 2009. However, the last time May 23rd was on a Saturday was the year 1998. This just so happens to be the opening weekend of the American version of &quot;Godzilla&quot;, the last major giant monster movie in America. It could be the film makers were poking fun at that movie, especially when considering the poor reception it had. A promotional CD compilation was given away at one of the release parties for the movie and is called &quot;Rob&#39;s Party Mix.&quot; This mix is also currently available as a &quot;mix tape&quot; on iTunes. The complete list of tunes from the compilation: (1) &quot;West Coast&quot; Coconut Records, (2) &quot;Taper Jean Girl&quot; Kings of Leon, (3) &quot;Beautiful Girls&quot; Sean Kingston, (4) &quot;Do I Have Your Attention&quot; The Blood Arm. (5) &quot;Got Your Moments&quot; Scissors For Lefty, (6) &quot;Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)&quot; Parliament, (7) &quot;19-2000&quot; Gorillaz, (8) &quot;The Underdog&quot; Spoon, (9) &quot;Pistol of Fire&quot; Kings of Leon, (10) &quot;Disco Lies&quot; Moby, (11) &quot;Do the Whirlwind&quot; Architecture in Helsinki, (12) &quot;Grown So Ugly&quot; The Black Keys, (13) &quot;Four Winds&quot; Bright Eyes, (14) &quot;The Ride&quot; Joan as Policewoman, (15) &quot;Seventeen Years&quot; Ratatat, (16) &quot;Wraith Pinned to the Mist (And Other Games)&quot; Of Montreal, and (17) &quot;Fuzz&quot; Mucc. Note that it doesn&#39;t include the Timbaland track or Locksley&#39;s &quot;My Kind of Lover.&quot; The list may be missing other songs as well. We can&#39;t be sure what happened off-camera. The first building we see collapse is the Woolworth Building, located in Downtown Manhattan on Broadway. We see the building while facing directly down Broadway towards the Battery. We don&#39;t see anything done to it directly. Its old age, and sunken-caisson foundation, may partly account for its collapse. The Woolworth Building (standing at 792 feet) was the tallest building in the world when it was finished in 1913 and, outside the world of Cloverfield, is still among the tallest buildings in Manhattan. Some reviewers incorrectly identified the Woolworth Building as either the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building. We never see any damage done to either of them. No. The movie shows us the actual proportions of the Statue of Liberty. These dimensions are taken from the National Park Service: (1) Head from chin to cranium, 17 feet 3 inches (5.26 metres); and (2) Head thickness from ear to ear, 10 feet 0 inches (3.05 metres). The head could easily fit on a city street, even on its side. The whole statue is only 151 feet (46.02 metres) high. The pedestal adds another 154 feet (46.94 metres). The makers of the film cited Escape from New York&#39;s poster as the inspiration for the Statue head scene in Cloverfield. However, that film&#39;s poster depicts the head as unrealistically large, which might account for the misconception that the head in Cloverfield is too small. There had also been claims that the head is too big. Supposedly, the creators received many complaints of the head looking too small in the teaser trailer, so they increased the head&#39;s size by 50% for the movie. If you compare the head in the teaser trailer with the head in the theatrical trailer, it appears larger in the latter. No. The film was shipped to American theaters under the fake title, Bertha. (In the UK, however, it was shipped under its real title, Cloverfield.)The camera the characters use is probably supposed to be a Panasonic HVX200. The production team actually used a variety of different cameras, including the HVX, the Sony F23, and the Thomson Viper. a5c7b9f00b
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