Cloverfield (2008, USA) C-85m. *** D: Matt Reeves. Starring Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel. Big-budget monster movie about an unidentifiable creature the size of Godzilla attacking New York City, causing havoc and destruction. The movie is shown as filmed with a handheld camera used at a good-bye party among friends, and subsequently on their frantic flight through the streets of a burning New York. Exciting, with astounding effects, film doesn't hold up storywise, but disaster movie formula from the 1970s still packs a punch. Produced by J.J. Abrams.

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