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Wrecking Manhattan

PUBLISHED: 15:30 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:30 01 July 2010

CLOVERFIELD Cert 15 DESTROYING New York City is a longstanding staple of monster movies. King Kong has done it, Godzilla has done it and now it seems

CLOVERFIELD

Cert 15

DESTROYING New York City is a longstanding staple of monster movies.

King Kong has done it, Godzilla has done it and now it seems it's the turn of a giant slimy tadpole.

Rob (Michael Stahl-David) just landed a great job in Japan and his friends are throwing going away party for him.

At the party he has a row with his ex-girlfriend, Beth (Odette Yustman), who brings her new boyfriend and Rob's heartless brother Jason (Mike Vogel) and best friend Hud (TJ Miller) capture the whole spat on a camcorder.

The party is interrupted by big shakes the ground and when the party goers go to investigate downstairs to investigate all hell is breaking loose.

At first it is assumed to be a terrorist attack but amidst all of the chaos the cameraman catches a glimpse of something that isn't normal.

We then follow the group and they run frantically around while the city seemingly collapses around them.

The action is all recorded on Hud's camcorder and if the Blair Witch Project's jerky hand -held shots sent viewers running down the aisles with their hands over their mouths then cinemas might want to seriously consider installing sick bags under the seats while this is played.

Director Matt Reeves elects to keep the identity of the creature a mystery for a large portion of the film allowing only glimpses to be seen in fleeting shots captured on the wobbly camcorder until the audience is finally treated to a climatic lingering head-to-toe pan. The effects are genuinely breathtaking and there are some great moments scattered throughout the film. Lacklustre attempts to develop the characters fall flat and will undoubtedly leave most viewers hoping for the beast to eat them.

Cloverfield opens on Friday.

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