- Directors: Matt Reeves
- Producers: J J Abrams, Bryan Burk
- Writers: Drew Goddard
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Actors: Michael Stahl David, T J Miller, Jessica Lucas, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Vogel
The film is presented as if it were a video file recovered from a digital camcorder by the United States Department of Defense. The film begins with a disclaimer stating that the following footage is of a case designated “Cloverfield” and was found in the area “formerly known as Central Park”.
Robert “Rob” Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) wakes up in the morning on April 27 after sleeping with a previously platonic best friend, Elizabeth “Beth” McIntyre (Odette Yustman). They plan to leave for Coney Island that day. The footage overlaps, cutting to the next month, when Rob’s brother Jason (Mike Vogel) and his girlfriend Lily (Jessica Lucas) prepare a farewell party for Rob as he is about to leave for his job in Japan. While the party goes on, Jason gives their friend Hudson “Hud” Platt (T.J. Miller) the task of filming last testimonials for Rob, but while filming the party and his unsuccessful flirting with his crush Marlena Diamond (Lizzy Caplan), Hud also accidentally tapes over Rob and Beth’s Coney Island trip. It also becomes apparent that Rob and Beth’s relationship is at a low point due to him leaving to Japan and Beth bringing another date to the party. After an argument Beth leaves the party, and Rob sits on the fire escape while Jason and Hud vainly try to console him. Suddenly, an earthquake strikes the city and suffers a brief power outage. The local news reports that an oil tanker had capsized in the bay off Liberty Island. Party guests go to the roof to spot the disaster and witness a huge explosion at Lower Manhattan which sends burning debris into the air which starts to land on the roof they are standing on. The party-goers run down the stairwell and into the street, which is filled with panicked city-dwellers, where the head of the Statue of Liberty suddenly appears crashing down on the road before stopping near their building. Hud records what appears to be a giant monster between the buildings several blocks away before everyone is forced to take shelter in a convenience store when the Woolworth Building collapses.
After the credits a garbled recording can be heard. When played backwards, the audio says “It’s still alive”.