Cloverfield

Director: Matt Reeves Run Time: 85 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG13 Release Year: 2008

Starring: Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Vogel, T.J. Miller

Some thing has found us.

A perfectly decent aughtsy yuppie party gets interrupted when the head of the Statue of Liberty comes crashing into the street – and when some… thing knocks down the Woolworth Building, all Hell breaks loose. Cut off on Manhattan, a small group of friends navigate the chaotic streets of New York as the Army takes on the gigantic creature and smaller parasites fall from its underbelly, attacking everything they see. With a tip that the Army plans to torch the city once the final evacuation chopper takes off – the group races to Central Park to save one of their friends before Manhattan gets bombed into dust.

The brainchild of J.J. Abrams and director Matt Reeves, Cloverfield is a disorienting and intense first-person look at the chaos and panic that rips through a city under threat, a giant monster movie as inspired by the attacks of September 11 as it is by Godzilla or King Kong.

Part of Nitehawk’s March LARGE AND IN CHARGE screening series.

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