“I saw it! It's alive! It's
huge!” I squirmed in my chair like never before! I tried very
hard to not get over hyped about this movie. When I first saw
previews long ago I could not help but be intrigued and drawn
to the concept and the mystery of it. Well moviegoers, I was
not disappointed at all. In my opinion, the hype for this
film is valid. It is real, it is relentless, and it is
stirring. Unfortunately after reading and hearing various
reactions, I can see that this is one of those movies that
you are either going to love or hate. There is very little
grey area here. The most appropriate comparisons I can think
of are Blair Witch Project and the latest Godzilla movie. If
you liked either or both even just a little bit, you will
truly enjoy this ride. Cloverfield is way better than either
one or even both combined. Heck, this is Godzilla’s
Okay, now for the warnings: if you’ve seen the previews or
know anything about this movie, you most probably know that
it is based on the everyday person’s hand held video camera
point of view just like in Blair Witch. If this really
bothers you or you are prone to motion sickness, don’t bother
with this movie. If you are the type of moviegoer that is
bothered by not having enough detail or explanation, don’t
bother with this movie. If you are bothered by or very
sensitive to scenes that are visually reminiscent to 9/11,
don’t bother with this movie. If sci-fi movies bother you,
don’t bother with this movie. If none of these warnings
affect you then you are in for an experience. Oh yeah, I
almost forgot, this is not for the weak-hearted. I’m actually
a little surprised that it’s PG-13. This movie is intense.
I believe that what makes this movie so good is its realism.
Two major factors that help in that regard are the hand held
camera concept (like you’re watching someone’s home video)
and the fact that the cast is not very well known so they
seem like everyday people and not necessarily someone playing
a role. Speaking of everyday people, that is the best and
most concise way to describe the characters. There is some
attempt to develop the characters in order to achieve some
attachment but it is understandably weak due to the premise
of the movie. How much character background can you get by
watching a home video, right? You will find yourself becoming
more attached to the plot than the characters. The performers
did pretty good jobs of showing us these everyday New Yorkers
in panic mode. Sub par performances would have cheapened the
effect and that did not happen. They gave genuine looking
shock and distress.
I’m not an expert in the movie making process but if I had to
take a guess I would say that making good visuals and special
effects in front of a hand held camera’s point of view would
be that much more challenging. Well the special effects were
extraordinary and the various sets, the lighting, and the
angles were incredible. It was all put together seamlessly.
My compliments to Director Matt Reeves, J.J. Abrams as
Producer, and the rest of the crew for an exceptional
production of an original concept based on existing older
ones. This being Matt’s first major motion picture in over a
decade, I sincerely hope we don’t have to wait that long for
another product from him. It wouldn’t hurt to collaborate
with Mr. Abrams again also. As far as you haters are
concerned, I’m sorry, but I for one loved this movie and I
want to see it again.
Review By Cine Marcos
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I attended a premier showing of the
movie and was very dissappointed so much
so that I walked-out after 30 minutes
with a screaming headache from trying to
follow the picture of the clown who was
holding the video camera! What was the
director thinking - a film shown thru
the eyes of a video camera taking
sideways and blurry pictures. Are the
special effects that terrible that they
don't want for us to be properly view
One of the worse movies I have ever
seen...even if it was for a half hour.
Spare yourself the aspirin and skip this
I almost threw up the frist 5 minutes
due to the camera moving all around.
Over all not even worth the time wait
for it on DVD
I was so excited to see this. The
trailers made it look incredible.
Unfortunately, it was a major letdown.
Save your money.
Well I'm not quite as down as it as
everyone else here. It is blair witch
POV the entire way which takes some
getting used to. The Special effects
were great and it's a good watch.
Nothing to hate, but nothing I really
IF one suspends the knowledge that it is
just a film then this movie really
works. The special effects are first
rate, and one is completly transported
to the point of view of ordinary people
caught up in extraordinary circumstances
they do not understand. The jerky camera
can be irritating but it does stabilise
at times, and the intensity levels are
much stronger as a result of it. The
filmmakers took a big risk and I think
it works. The monster is really well
done too. We don't see it
alot but what we do see is very
A very interesting and unique film.
Unlike anything I have seen before. Hand
held camera did not not bother me but
instead brought viewer closer to the
story. I give credit to producers of
film for bringing a refreshing look to
sci-fi genre. Go see it and it will stay
with you and make you think.
Awful. I don't know what else to say.
It's like an un-fun videogame, plus
motion sickness. Don't get me wrong, I
even kinda liked the Blair Witch...but
this makes Blair Witch look like
Hemingway. Just Awful.
The marketing wing of your friendly
neighborhood corporate overlords did a
bang up job of surrounding this film
with contrived hype. And the premise is
that some yuppie jughead from Manhattan
is going to take the time to record a
sea monster gobbling up all of New York
and his friends within in, instead of
making running for his life his number
one priority? Right. This rubbish is the
product of youtube voyeuristic
Terrible in every way........save your
money! I was motion sick, had 911 PTSD,
was totally a waste of money. Did they
do the shaky camera thing to make all of
us so sick that we wouldn't realize that
the plot was stupid and the special
effects were cheap???
Obviously most these people arent big on
films- I guess i can understand that the
everyday moviegoer might not be used to
such a film-
Because of this everyone should be
thrilled- The acting was great, the
special effects were very very good, the
scenary was amazing, the 1st person
camera made it authentic- At times i
felt like i was on a ride at
Universal- Which is very good and hard
People need to realize that to acomplish
all i mentioned above with just 25
million is in most cases near
impossible, 10% chance- But they did it-
By getting the great unkown actors, they
saved 30-40 million dollars, the way it
was shot another 30 million- and all of
this ended up making the film better-
This is where you separate the people
that understand film, to the normal
person that goes to a movie for the
actor, or for the special effects- You
need to realize that they pulled this
off and very well-
Needless to say i really enjoyed it, the
guy holding the camera was funny and it
brought your guards down at times which
would set you up for future scenes-
Very good- if you cant handle a shaking
camera then this film isnt for you- But
besides that it is a great film and it
actually makes the film better-
Hope you go see it
I've only walked out of two movies in my
entire life. And this was one of them.
It was pointless, manipulative, and it
relies entirely on a gimmick (hand-held
camera) which makes you physically ill.
I'll never have that 45 minutes back.
But you can save yourself. Don't go. And
don't rent it or buy it when it comes
out on DVD next week.
I decided to see the midnight screening
of Cloverfield on a whim. I had heard
all the hype, seen the trailer a
gazillion times on Myspace and Facebook.
I even had friends who aren't film buffs
telling me how excited they were about
seeing this movie. I have to say, I was
Since most of us knew that the movie was
pretty much shot from the first person
(even though three different people held
the camera throughout the movie), I
expected a lot of jerks and camera
shaking. I felt it was very authentic. I
loved how the audience was able to keep
track of time in the film.
The acting was excellent. I am glad that
this film did not have a bunch of
celebrities. This movie required real
actors. I have to say that Mike Vogel
was excellent as Jason Hawkins (I
recommend "The Deaths of Ian Stone").
Lizzy Caplan came a long way from "Mean
Girls" and was probably the most
believable character in the film. I also
like T.J. Miller's Hud. He had me
cracking up with his one-liners. Also,
because he is the main cameraman, he is
the one that asks all the questions that
the audience is thinking. There is a
terrific scene that he does and I
thought that the stunt was amazing (I am
not going to spoil the movie here).
Michael Stahl-David and Jessica Lucas
were also excellent.
The special effects were amazing. You
don't get to see the monster a lot, but
when you do get to see the little bugger
a few times, it definitely looks
grotesque. I also like how they were
able to film Columbus Circle, Central
Park, and the Lower East Side without
the same hype as "I Am Legend." I could
do comparisons of the Brooklyn Bridge
scenes in both movies all day.
The one thing that I didn't like, but
expected, was not having most of the
questions answered. In horror movies,
particularly sci-fi, I do need to have
some questions answered as the movie
goes along. I was still able to follow
the story and felt that it was great.
"If you are the type of moviegoer that
is bothered by not having enough detail
or explanation, don’t bother with this
movie." If I had taken this advice, I
would have never been able to see one of
the best horror films of 2008 (I know
the year has just started, but come
on...another "Saw"?). I think Matt
Reeves and J.J. Abrams are trying to
send a message to all horror/sci-fi
directors to step up their game.
Have fun at the movies!
Got sick!! the acting was not bad,,,,but
the motion sickness took over, had to
Good actors but the movement of the
camera was so bad one could not enjoy
the film. the film had potential yet
that was destroyed by bad camera motion.
The acting in the movie was fairly good.
The sepcial effects were fantastic.
The shaky cam effects ruined the entire
movie in my opinion. I understand
what the director was trying to do but
it got really old after the first 10
Hopefully there will be a DVD version
that uses a steady cam.
Oh My God. Amazing flick/ride...
whatever you want to call it. Ever ride
one of those motion rides at a theme
park? It felt like that but like you
were with the characters running from
that huge monster and other little
things. It put you right there on the
street, sometimes a block from the
monster while it's chasing everyone. The
sound was great too.
I swear everytime it settles down a
little bit, something's turning in ur
stomach and u can feel something's wrong
then BAM! Cloverfield throws something
at you. This movie really delivers. Not
for the faint of heart or those that get
motion sickness. This movie gives
viewers a totally new and fantastic
reason to go to the movies, to get the
full experience. Action/Sci-fi to a
whole new level. Love it.
I just saw the movie an hour ago and
guess what? I still have a headache. I
think it was great that the story was in
POV mode and the effects were awesome.
However, they didn't have to have all
that "shakiness" throughout the movie.
During the film, I could see people
leaving bc of the nausea.
The story was GREAT. The side effects
were GREAT. The acting was GREAT.
Just too much "shaking." It would've
been better if they explained certain
things. Especially what "Cloverfield"
Well Lets see. I think this movie was
something like an IRS Audit.... It left
me fealing violated, frustrated,
confused, with less money in my pocket
for no apparent reasont and I was just
happy when it was over. It had no plot
deveolptment beyond "BIG MOSTER ATTACK
CITY PEOPLE DIE" It had absolutely no
character development at all. It's the
first movie I have seen where I did not
care that they died one bit. And
ultimately it explained nothing.
It was billed at being so great but it
so wasn't Don't waste your money, if you
saw the preview, you saw the movie.
Just saw it last night! wow! what an
amazing ride. They left out a bit of
closure for me, which is why i gave it a
90. I for one, knew that they used a
video camcorder the whole time, and it
didn't bother me at all, I was pulled
into all the action and everthing going
on. People, if you knew that the whole
movie was shot on a camcorder, and you
get motion sickness, why would you have
went anyway just to waste your money and
The name 'Cloverfield' was used to keep
the movie a secret (they did a good job
didn't they?). It is the name of a
street close to J.J. Abrams' office.
Sequel? You bet. Depending on how
successful it is this weekend, you can
expect to see a sequel shot from a
different camera during the same attack.
And maybe to finally get some answers
many of us were asking during the movie.
Where did it come from? What exactly is
it? Is all of NY destroyed? Any
This is not your typical sci/fi flick.
But Abrams has definitely raised the bar
with its special effects and budget
(only $25 million to produce--GENIUS!)
WARNING: If you get motion sickness or
nauseous easily, then this movie is NOT
for you. Just like the aforementioned
reviews, it is like a roller coaster
ride. You'll either hate or love this
Went and saw the movie the day it came
out, wasn't as good as I thought that it
was going to be. I think that the only
reason that the movie was good is
because we went to a beer and a movie
theatre, the more beer you drank, the
better the movie was, just like beer
goggles, definitely a movie I wouldn't
pay to see again
Did like the idea of the movie and the
actors, but like others said the motion
of the camera made me sick. I did not
know it was going to be filmed 80
minutes by a camcorder. I was
disapointed because of that and I
believe that if it would of had some
parts of the movie from other points of
view it would of been a great movie.
Want Money Back
Everyone in the theater wanted thier
money back. My 13yr old son could have
made a better movie. The only thing
positive out of this is?????...........
now the 1980's movie "Firebirds" has
some that is just as bad as it did.
Godzilla in the 1950s was an Acadamy
Award Winner compared to Cloverfiled. No
Character Development - who cares who
dies don;t know them anyway - Cinemark
said they are giving lots of people
their money back and lots of vomit -
Waste of Time and Money!!!
The Myth continues……….
The much-anticipated release of
“Cloverfield” (supposedly named after
some street near “Bad Robot”
Productions) would appear to be a
monetary hit for it’s producer and
Production Company, but shouldn’t you
give your audience something for their
money? Whatever happened to artistic
First, I’ll let you know that you don’t
see “the Monster” until a few minutes
left in the film (and you still don’t
really see him). Oh, you see glimpses
and erratic shots of it, but no real
visible evidence of a monster in my
opinion. Sort of like a UFO. This is why
you see a lot of different
interpretations (artists renderings) of
“the Monster” on the Internet. My take
is that it’s a man, with a tail, with
eagle feet and hands, turtle head, shark
teeth, fish gills and it looks to be
Gray in color or that maybe because they
were still trying to hide him with some
dust or something. Whatever!!!
The movie itself was a cross between the
“Blair Witch Project”, with a lot more
of the camera laying on it’s side or
just shooting nothing at all and “Scary
Movie” (one of them but not scary
either). Little monsters were falling
off of the big monster and eating
everyone (although you never really see
this either) and they sort of looked
like an elongated fish head with feet
and shark teeth. One girl in the movie
got bitten by one of the little monsters
and was taken behind a white
sheet by some army dudes in camo and
some doctor’s in blue bubble
suits (that effect must’ve cost, damn
$9.99) and exploded I guess because
someone threw red paint on the white
sheet to make it look like she exploded.
Everyone filming the event in the movie
as it happens in the movie dies! End of
story and my end of buying a ticket to
another “Bad Robot” or J.J. Abrams film,
Wow! I have never heard so many whiny
wusses in my life.
Were there times that I would have liked
the movie filmed in a conventional way?
Sure. But I totally appreciated the
effect. There was just enough character
development. How much do you need in a
freaking monster movie. It's about the
monsters. It amazes me that people are
so fearful when it comes to something
Of course I can't wait for a sequel and
of course I hope it has some answers.
But thats just it. After seeing this one
I am dieing for more more more!!!!!
Interesting story line and creative to
some extent, but the 'shaky cam' / 'blair
witch' POV made 2 out of 5 of us ill.
And we were all kind nauseaus after
leaving the movie. We saw quite a few
people leave the film in the middle due
to motion sickness or they just didn't
like it. With all of the hype I would
have expected so much more. Save your
money and buy a different DVD...
Possibly the worst movie ever made more
than Glitter and Norbit! The hype is
overrated, the acting sucks, no plot or
story and a million unanswered
questions. And you will experience the
worse motion sickness imaginable even
moreso than being next to the engine
room at the bottom level of a
cruiseliner in the Bermuda Triangle.
What were these filmmakers thinking when
making this POS? Abrams is definitely
clueless and LOST; I wish I could get my
$11.50 back along with the rest of my
unhappy moviegoing friends last night.
And please readers, don't believe the
critics and the positive user reviews as
they were all paid to build up the hype,
sad but true.
Come on people. Do you all really need
the conventional movie experience? This
was a well put together 1st person
experience. Guess what, it was shot by
the people running through New York,
what happens if they die? You don't get
answers? Duh. That was the premise of
the movie, there were no other cameras
showing you side stories and landscape
shots. They gave up plenty of info. As
for the motion sickness, that is a
problem for some people but put yourself
in the shoes of the person holding the
camera, how steady would you be?
I thought it was an intense ride, and
finally a movie had my attention the
entire film. Seriously do we need more
AVP or gore flicks, this was a welcomed
change from the status quo.
So to all you haters out there I am
sorry you did not enjoy this film but I
seriously think your expectations on
what it would be were wrong to begin
with. I hope people that have not seen
this make up their own minds to
experience this film and not listen to
the zombie like masses that need $200
million dollar status quo productions.
If you haven't seen this film do
yourself a favor and see it for yourself
and make your own opinions.
Man . . . this was such a bad movie.
Everyone is entitled to their own
opinion, and mine is that this movie is
such a disappointment for several
reasons. First, we paid top dollar to
see this travesty, just to watch 20
minutes of previews and only about 70
minutes of the movie. Note to JJ Abrams,
you were supposed to film a motion
picture, not a 1-hour, made-for-tv
episode. No wonder it "only" cost $25
million it was half of a film. Paramount
should publish an apology to movie goers
and offer to show it for free - it's
For those of you who want to be
entertained (like most people who go to
movies), don't go see it. And don't let
the two people who actually liked
Cloverfield try to make you feel like
you're stupid because you didn't like it
either. It's okay to want to be
entertained for your hard-earned money
rather than paying for the honor of
"appreciating what the director and
producer were trying to do with this
A perfect movie that restored my faith
in movies. If you're on a steady diet of
Hollywood cheese, you won't like this.
But if you've seen it all before and now
have at least some standards (you know,
like you refuse to watch sequels, movies
with puns in the title, or anything with
Will Smith), then you'll probably love
it, too. All you whiners go home and
watch your Nicolas Cage DVD collection
until you feel better.
Everything that your review said was
exactly how I would put it. There are so
many haters to this type of filming and
acting but I'll tell you what it is one
of the greatest movies I've ever seen I
love how realistic they make this and
for the people who walked out before the
action starts, SHAME ON YOU it was
phenomenal u made a huge mistake. I love
this movie and I love how many questions
it leaves you but all the clues it gives
out too. I love it love it love it.
BREATHTAKING!!!! YOU CANNOT GET MORE
REAL AND UNIQUE THAN THIS!!!!!!
The worst movie ever. First time in my
life I left the theatre after 15 mins.
Really didn't care about the storyline
coz my head was spinning and I felt sick
due to the camera movement. Nobody
shoots a cam that way not even amatuers...
please gimme a break!!
Want my $$ back
Ya the movie is making TOP DOLLARs
because everybody was curious hoping for
a Blockbuster.. Not even making through
the middle of the movie Lots of people
walked out w/ dissapointment, I'm pretty
sure they want their money back too.. If
they minus all $$$ fr viewers who walked
out, they can file for bankruptcy!!!!
I'm still dizzy and with the biggest
headache I ever had, the worst movie
experience, I thought the movement of
the camera would end, but never did, I I
took my children, and they were
dissapointed too. When I complain to the
manager on duty at the Foothill Regency
about my headache, the rude individual
told me to watch the trailers next time
before buying my ticket.
This morning I actually called somebody
and asked them to do something
I know. A sign of the apocalypse, right?
Well ... yeah ... in this case a really
big monster tromping across Manhattan.
That would be "Cloverfield," the new J.J.
Abrams disasterama that stormed into
theaters Jan. 18.
"Cloverfield" has been promoted the last
six months - rather coyly I might add.
The first few trailers never mentioned
the movie title. The principal actors
all have fake MySpace pages treating
them as real people (search for "Robert
Hawkins" and see what I mean).
The hazard of such an approach is that
the movie may not live up to the
expectations. Does "Cloverfield"? Read
So I called Kris, a friend of many years
now and a computer expert, which has
nothing to do with anything, and asked
if he'd like to come hold my hand. He
agreed - not to the hand-holding part.
By the way, any eligible ladies out
there? Kris is looking. I'll hook you
We met at Sun Plaza on a bitterly cold,
rainy/sleety/overall yucky afternoon.
The tickets were free thanks to Andy,
who had been guilted into buying me a
Regal gift card ... but I don't feel so
bad because Andy is living rent-free so
he's got money to burn, except on
getting the window to his Jeep fixed
(fix the damn window, Andy).
Once Kris and I got situated in the
theater and finished comparing cell
phones, Kris revealed that Erik and his
wife would be joining us. Join us they
did. Then Joe from Kennedy clan fame
dropped by to say hi. They were in the
next theater. Then John Evanko joined
us. John is a movie stunt man and
documentary filmmaker, just back from
Cambodia after filming a piece about
land mines. He's been hobnobbing with
John McCain's nuclear family, Clint
Eastwood, etc. etc. (Yes, I'm name
dropping. Ain't it great?). John's next
movie is "Bait Shack." Be sure to check
Anyhoo, the trailers started and I
lusted after Jamie Bell in "Jumper."
What a little hottie. He can "jump" into
my life anytime. Then, off we went into
I don't want to spoil the movie for you
... oh hell, yeah I do. So I'll
talk freely. If you don't want spoilers,
The cinematography will leave
traditional movie fans sick to their
stomachs. It's shot entirely from a
handheld videocam and there are almost
no moments of visual calm. Think the
last five minutes of "The Blair Witch
Project." And it's an incredibly loud
movie. The hearing aid crowd will like
But overall I thought "Cloverfield" was
just freakin' terrific. The new
age cinema verite style worked
perfectly. It looks just like the videos
you're accustomed to seeing on the
Internet. A story is present - maybe
told in untraditional ways but there
just the same. CGI is at a blessed
minimum - or artfully disguised by the
poor image quality.
Most effective, I thought, was the lack
of explanation. Normally a movie like
this would demand tons of backstory. But
the form of the film seems to negate
that - this is simply a camera's eye
view of what happens to a group of
people. William Faulkner did that in
"The Sound and the Fury," so don't
Oh, and what about that monster? Well,
he's OK. Despite all you've heard about
not getting to see it, you do get a
couple of good looks. This is straight
from the filmmaking school of Ridley
Scott and "Alien." What you don't get is
a tension-killing taxanomical display.
I'll probably see this again. And when
the DVD comes out, I'll buy the damn
A really cool movie.
Never in my life had I gotten the worse
headache and dizzines from watching a
movie, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY, a 3 year
old could have held the camera better
than these people. The movement and
shaking of the camera gives you the
worse motion sickness.
The movie looked kinda good from
whatever I saw when I wasn't closing my
eyes and trying hard not to throw up my
popcorn. That was the first time I had
ever left in the middle of a movie. The
idea of watching from the characters'
viewpoint sounded like a great idea, but
when the entire movie is shot with
shakiness and rapid movement, its kinda
hard to enjoy when suffering from motion
sickness. My popcorn bag almost became
my barf bag. Would I like to have
finished the movie? Yes, but I'll wait
for the DVD. Hopefully it will be easier
to cope with on a smaller screen.
I walked out from the theatre after 30
minutes. It was the worse movieI ever
watched... I totally not enjoy watching
it!! Waste time and money... unique BUT
unpleasant shooting technique!
THIS IS THE WORST MOVIE IN HISTORY! i
wish i was warned on how awful
this was gonna be. I felt sick due to
the camera moving all around. IF anybody
is reading this, and is deliberation on
whether or not to see this...DON'T.
After the movie was over, i went to
constumer service and got my money back!
this movie was truly refreshing. the
whole camera perspective added more
substance leading to the belief that it
was actually happening. Cloverfield was
one of the best movies i've seen in a
long time. The whole griping about the
camera and getting motion sickness
sounds like a personal problem and
stunted peoples experience with this
movie. Complaining about the actors,
special effects, or the way that there
was no catch phrase is just idiotic.
It's true what they say "People love to
hate". The story just left you wanting
more and a sequel would hopefully give
many answers. The whole setup of this
movie was great but if your into the
hollywood routine of movies then i guess
you can stick to your same routine. This
was an awesome movie!
Well it BLEW! Say what you want. It
sucked baad. By the way to those that
say im a "Hater". There are alot more
people that agree with us than you. All
the name calling of people that didn't
like it by those that did should serve
as a testimony of the maturaty level of
those who say they liked it. I mean
calling names cuz we have some
standards. Whatever. It's my opinion
that you are that percentage of the
population that these Hollywood morons
rely on to endure any piece of crap that
gets put on film. You're more than
likely the reason crap like American
Idol is still on the air.
I tried very hard to watch this movie
but got sicker with each minute that
passed. After 20 minutes I had to walk
out because of a splitting head ache and
dizziness. Blair Witch Project was not
even close to this movie.
I am not so sound in film technology as
i was reading few reviews about this
movie in terms of graphics, but as a i
was watching i had this strange feeling
of catching hold of the director and
give him hit on his face - i have seen
many boring movies but this is the first
time watching an irritating movie.
WOW..... I agree with a lot of people on
this review. This movie had tons of hype
to it which worried me a bit. I cannot
say that is was the worst movie of all
time as it had huge potential but it was
big let down.
About the only thing I can really knock
is the really bad camera action. Some of
the best shots of the monster could have
been taken when the characters were
right next to it but the director
decided to have the camera pointed at
the remaining characters during the
attack scenes. Did the guy holding the
camera not say on the bridge that people
are going to want to know how it all
went down? If that were the case what
was he doing pointing the camera down to
the ground when he should have had more
than a fleeting image of the monster.
Then the director decided to throw in
mini-monsters..... Come on, do something
better than go after cheep scares. At
least give me a good quiet scene and
then have a cat jump out or something.
If M Night can give us that so can JJ.
In my opinion I would say that the
biggest fan base of this movie will be
people between the ages of 13 to 21.
This was a fun film and I did enjoy what
little I saw of the monster but let’s
get real, this is in no way a horror
movie. At most it’s Godzilla on a very
The movie was exactly what I thought it
would be. The viral advertising was
almost as entertaining as the LOST
materials seeded in the world wide web.
JJ Abrams did exactly what he planned to
do. If nothing else, he gets high points
for execution. What people are
forgetting is that the viral trailer
material is just as much a part of the
movie as the actual film.
The way the story itself was told
reminded me of the first Godzilla where
the whole move was pretty much about
what was happening on ground level. It
was the human carnage and the secondary
horror that exists in any "natural"
disaster that this movie was about. I
give it a 90 for effort, but I took away
10 points failure to tie in the viral
trailors effectively with the film
itself. This could have and should have
been a continuing story. Almost there,
but not quite.
The performances were pretty darned good
overall. This was despite the necessary
hand-held, shakey, reality camera work
throughout. (That was done in post
Ok i will agree that you dont need to
wast your money on this at the
movies,but it would work for you to rent
it. No its not a great movie nor a real
good one but its worh seeing. Its got a
pretty good story line even know it
takes like a hour to start to speed up
and the end of this movie compleatly
sucked. Yes I will compleatly agree with
how crazy the camra was but it didn't
get any one sick were I went. The only
thing i can really say is to wate for
the movie to come out and rent it and
then make your own consuption on it.
welps see yea.
For all of you people who are
complaining about how bad the camera
work was, I want you to try to film
something when you're going through all
of that. It was that bad for a reason.
In addition, no one can say they don't
like a film if they only see the first
20-30 minutes, so stop you're
complaining. Yes, the movie is
different, but it is a new and
innovative way to shoot that defnitiely
makes things more up close and personal.
I personally was quite terrified. Also,
maybe you people should look into a
movie before you go see it if you're so
WOW! this was just amazing . truly
unique. effects were great. reccommend
how could you say this movie is bad? it
was the best. you can't walk out of the
movies during the first 20
minutes!!!!!!!!! wow, but overall,
this movie was worth paying for. it had
me holding on to my seat. for all the
people who haven't watched it, well you
should definately go. and to those who
walked out cuz they got sick, well take
a barfbag with you and go watch it
again. Cloverfield was the best. can't
wait for the sequel!!!!!! well, see ya.
Really great and realistic experience
from 1st person view, like we are at the
scene. However, too bad a great movie
spoilt by over shaky video. For a second
I was distracted in the movie, wondering
my girlfriend would vomit....
She then spending 45 minutes complaning
about her dizzyness after the
I give 90, but video technique 10
I would say that the pre-hype of the
movie was overrated.
although there were some suspenseful and
frightening parts, the effects overall
appeared cheap and the characters were
dull and un-relatable. it was also very
cliche how it was set in nyc and that
was the only place the monster was
also, it was a good approach aiming for
something different like the camera
point of view, but this movie did not
pull it off. another thing was that it
ticked off everyone in the audience
because every single person realized at
some point throughout watching the movie
that the camera would either run out of
battery or tape, or would be broken from
all of the commotion that was going on.
also, they tried way too hard to make
the character that was the camera-man
the comical relief for the movie. it
didn't work and he just added to the
animosity of the audience towards the
cloverfield did not live up to its
expectations. j.j. abrams had a chance
to really make a landmark movie, but he
didn't. they contridicted themselves in
that they were aiming to make it
believable that that could happen by
shooting it with the camera that they
did, but then went and made so many
outlandish things take place like the
main character being able to make calls
on his cell phone and get in touch with
his girlfriend for whom the main
characters then go on a
search-and-rescue mission. don't see it.
wow for all of you who say you don't
like it because of it being shoot from a
hand held camera did you not see the
trailers and did you not know what the
movie was supposed to be about. facts
about the movie. The movie was amazing
don't go see if it if you are going to
complain about the camera the entire
time be more accepting and applicate the
great quality put into it
People, are you kidding me. The bad
camera movement is what makes this movie
great! I mean if it was me, there in
real life i wouldnt hold the camera
still at all watching a huge monster
coming after me. I loved this movie, and
yes i will buy this on dvd,
I've just came out from the movie... and
I'm still dizzy .. very much
disappointed... The worst movie I
ever saw in my entire life...
Don't see it. I was so excited just to
be let down. The movie had potential to
be great but I have so many unanswered
questions. If there is a sequal I will
see it just to see what's going to
happen and what's going on.
this movie was great... never have i
seen a movie that made you feel so part
of it. its not for everyone...some
people need a to know whats going on at
all times. i love the fact that no one
knows whats going on. giving it a very
ok cloverfeild....were to begin
i myself i didnt much care for it
i lvoed the story but i think the POV
camera was the worst idea yet
at least go back and forth come on
i loved the idea of the monster thing
and how it just came from no were
was i the only on expeting the people
watching this film
like on the movie to pull out at the end
and explain the damn monster
i guess i got caught up in the hype
now for people who play games
like starcraft or lost planet
any alein game didnt they all kinda seem
well i want back story in a movie the
but i would say go see it because u have
to see it to know your own
opinion AND THAT PEOPLE is wat relay
thank u for reading
sorry for the spelling mistakes :)
still have a headache. still feel like
I'm gonna throw up. don't see it. they
forgot to finish the movie. the
formatting was cool, but should have
been for a few minutes NOT the entire
movie. ending really bad. (wait, was
there an ending? I don't remember seeing
it.) Needed closure. Needed a barf bag,
absolute good, loved the POV idea, made
it all look more realistic and gave me
the (damn I wouldn't want to be in their
shoes) feeling the entire movie
Please people! get off your high horse!
"only the one understand like the film,
the ordinary movie goer hate it" good
movie is good movie! we go to the movie
to be entertained! so don't ever forget
that! a good director is a good story
I thought it was great. The hand-held
camera POV brought me into the movie.
And at times it was very frustrating,
but frustrating in a good way. Getting
little glimpses of the monster only to
have the camera turn away. It really
helped build the anticipation for when
the monster was finally revealed. JJ
Abrams is a genius.
I see that there are alot of people on
here supporting the movie and commenting
by saying get real and that the people
who didn't like the film didn't
understand it etc. well all i have to
say is.. I think that if any movie is as
BAD as this one then the people should
get their money back, people do not go
to the movies to pay outrageous prices
for tickets etc just because they want
to see a movie that sucked and for
some.. they have to leave because they
got motion sickness. They want to see a
movie that they'll remember& Recommend
to their family & freinds. Through out
the whole movie I was getting annoyed
with the skaking
camera. I felt like I was watching a
film that a movie pirater recorded
"stole".the only think missing was
seeing people heads on the screen and
bodies walking up and down the isles of
The Ending , I Thought that the
film 28 days later was the worst film
ever but this one is just as bad.
when it comes out on DVD i suggest that
people go to a cheaper video rental
store to get this one because its not
worth BlockBuster Prices!
What a joke probably the worst movie I
have ever seen glad I rented it from the
video store maybe they willl let me
exchange it for a good movie.
If there is a saying "DONT DRINK AND
DRIVE" Now you're gonna say this
"DONT WATCH AND DRIVE". worse movie
ever. I hope nobody got into
accident after watching this movie for
maybe 30 mins. I need my money back
including the aspirin that I need to
They had to have audiences preview this
flick and so the jerky camera motion
sickness effect is there for the sole
purpose of creating contraversy -- and
that's about all this movie has. The
movie had to be kept secret because
revealed it would have had no audience.
The dvd is the same with almost a blank
cover and reviews to suck you in. I
often get some chuckles from badly made
movies but my irritation with this one
was deadly serious. To each his own, but
for me this movie spells SCAM and
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Director: Matt Reevesr
Writer: Drew Goddard
Genre: Action Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Duration: 1hr 28mins
Staring: Michael Stahl-David
Producer: J.J. Abrams
Distributor: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Release Date: January 18, 2008
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