in about 100 words or less
US 85m, Colour
Director: Matt Reeves; Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Annable
Cloverfield is a found footage-style monster movie set in New York City which documents a series of extraordinary events captured on a camcorder. When an apparent earthquake hits and the power goes out, everyone at a party heads out onto the streets to discover the real source of the earth-shaking outage, an enormous monster that is destroying everything in its path. Though the shaky cam technique was generally nausea inducing, it added to the mood of the film, the desperation of the main characters, and the authenticity of the monster (Klaus Ming April 2016).