name is Robert Hawkins. Its 6.42am
on Saturday May 23. Approximately
seven hours ago something attacked
the city. I dont
know what it is. If you
found this tape… I mean, if youre
watching this right now then you
probably know more about it than I do... ON A CAMERA RETRIEVED at Incident Site US-447 the area
formerly known as Central Park the incident in Manhattan is recorded
by Rob Hawkins (pleasing newcomer Michael Stahl-David) and his friends from
his going-away party, who have stumbled right into the middle of a nightmare.
This is no ordinary party video it is the firsthand account of the friends
and their terrifying ordeal that begins with a sudden jolt and reports of an
earthquake, just as the gathering gets into full swing.
From J J Abrams the extraordinary talent that brought us Lost
and director Matt Reeves, comes Cloverfield, one of the most frightening,
groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed thrillers to hit the big screen in 2008.
Shot entirely through the group's camcorder very clever, very natural
and totally happening Cloverfield starts with a relaxed piece
of footage shot at 6.42am on 27 April at "Beth's Dad's Place", where Rob and
Beth (Odette Yustman) have just spent the night, and ends at 6.42am on 23 May,
portraying a believable account of ordinary, young Americans who find themselves
fighting for their lives under horrifying and unthinkable circumstances.
On the eve of his departure for Japan, Rob sees his going-away party as an opportunity
to confess unresolved feelings and tie up loose ends. However, his agenda takes
an unexpected turn when Manhattan is shaken by a sudden, tremendous jolt. First
thoughts are of an earthquake and the partygoers rush to the roof to see what
is happening. There is an explosion and fireballs, followed by power failure.
Confusion gives way to panic and the friends stumble out through the darkness
into the streets in search of safety. But there is none there they seem
to be under attack. Panic sweeps the streets as, without warning, the decapitated
head of the Statue of Liberty crashes down onto the road.
Buildings are collapsing, leaving horrendous dust clouds in their wake; cars
are burning and the emergency services are working overtime. You cannot help
but draw comparisons to the terrorism of 9/11. The military has been immobilised
as thousands try to flee the city. The Police are moving shocked people on.
But Beth is missing and Rob will not be deterred from finding her. He and a
few friends defy the military and take to the subway. But something is coming
shaky camera action adds to the tension and gives a very real feeling of being
there as the friends uncover the truth which is more frightening than
they had at first feared. The youngsters attempt to stay one step ahead of the
coming terror as the unknown force rampages its way through New York City with
no apparent way of stopping the carnage. And if there is a message in all this,
it is: "Forget the world; hang on to the one you love the most."
Written by Drew Goddard, Cloverfield is an exhilarating movie experience
that will have you clinging to the edge of your seat as you get drawn further
into this spine-tingling action thriller. The two-disc Special Edition is jam-packed
with over two hours of bonus materials including Alternative Endings,
The Making of Cloverfield, Cloverfield Visual Effects and Commentary
from Director Matt Reeves. The film also features Lizzy Caplan as Marlena; Jessica
Lucas as Lily; T J Miller as the mischievous, camera-toting Hud; Mike Vogel
as Rob's brother Jason Hawkins and Anjul Nigam as Bodega Cashier.
is a must-have for all thrill-seeking movie fans this summer. On sale from 9
June (2008), this 'most-anticipated blockbuster of 2008' is available as a single
disc DVD or as a two-disc Special Edition courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.
"10/10. Not to be missed" Daily Star
"Shot entirely through the group's camcorder very clever, very natural
and totally happening Cloverfield… a believable account of ordinary,
young Americans who find themselves fighting for their lives under horrifying
and unthinkable circumstances" Maggie Woods, MotorBar