Film: Cloverfield

Opened: January 18, 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Annable, Theo Rossi, Billy Brown, Chris Mulkey, Brian Klugman & Ben Feldman

One crazy night changed the world and a group of friends filmed the whole thing.

Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) is moving to Japan, so his friends throw a going away party for him. While Hud (T.J. Miller) is filming testimonials, an earthquake strikes New York City. The group soon learns that this earthquake was actually a monster that is tearing up the entire city.

The film is a “found-footage” feature, which is created as if someone is holding a video camera the whole time. This could be off-putting to viewers as it is continually shaky. However, this is one of the only found-footage films that I actually enjoyed. Miller’s commentary keeps it entertaining the whole time and audiences will be just as stressed as the characters in the film.

Final say: An epic adventure in real time. ★★★★☆

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