don't waste your time on this
Perry from Leitrim, 16 Sep 2008
pointless, pointless, pointless. The first 20 minutes are spent introducing characters who are so bland as to be interchangeable and about whom it is impossible to care one whit. Then a mysterious entity knocks over the statue of liberty and mayhem ensues, captured Blair Witch style on a remarkably well pointed camera. Unlike BW no swearing at all. At some stage people hide under a bridge, as you do. You'll have forgotten the movie before it even ends. Watch 28 days later instead - a proper film
Ciaran from Dublin, 06 Jun 2008
Saw this in the cinema and really enjoyed it. I can only hope it translates well to the smaller screen (the bigger yer screen the better!) as it is an original movie in several respects. Filmed entirely in the 1st person by whomever happens to be holding the handicam at the time, it tells the story of what happens when a *monster* attacks NY city. Short and sweet, let yourself be taken on the ride and enjoy. Cynics may object to it all but let youyrself go and its all fun.
Paul from Cork, 29 Jul 2008
Clever film, very much a combination of Godzilla and the Blair Witch Project.
The basic premise is after an attack on NY, a video (DVD?) recording detailing the night of the attack is found in Central Park (or what was once known as!). The film plays the video back for the viewer, similar to seen in Blair Witch, revealing what happened to the city. Needless to say, special effects are to the fore but Cloverfield makes for an entertaining 87 minutes.
James from Limerick, 19 Nov 2008
Not as bad as I feared.
Random very-large-monster(TM) decides to take out New York, one famous landmark at a time. Must be a half-assed metaphor for 9/11.
Almost undermined by the amateur cast (if they are pro's I'd want their fee back), and the seemingly invincible beastie, it is rescued only by the appearance of the parasitic creatures, which have a more human scale, can be killed, and are fairly scary. Best bit? Subway tunnels.
Different but great
Niamh from Dublin, 19 Aug 2008
Bit Blair-witchy in essence with home-made movie feel as it feels like you are nearly prying into the lives of some young New Yorkers, then suddenly the action starts and it races along with some good scary and tense moments. Much preffered this to War of the Worlds which had a similarish story but this movie is just the right length, good performances and manages not to be too predictable. Great DVD for a night in.