Cloverfield

  • 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”.

Poseidon

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Paul Gallico, Paul Attanasio, Mark Protosevich
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Lucas, Jacinda Barrett, Richard Dreyfuss, Jimmy Bennett, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Stacy Ferguson, Andre Braugher, Kevin Dillon

The SS Poseidon, a luxury ocean liner named for the Greek god of the sea, is making a transatlantic crossing.

The opening focuses on an introduction of the main characters. Nineteen-year-old[2][3][4][5] heroine[6] Jennifer Ramsey (Emmy Rossum) and her boyfriend Christian (Mike Vogel) are a young couple hoping to be engaged, but her father, former New York City Mayor Robert (Kurt Russell), has doubts about their relationship. Elena (Mía Maestro), a traveling stowaway, is going to see her ill brother in New York. She is being helped by Valentin (Freddy Rodriguez), a waiter on the ship’s staff who met her in a club and agreed to smuggle her on board. Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas) is a smooth-talking professional gambler who develops feelings for a woman, Maggie James (Jacinda Barrett), who has a son, Connor (Jimmy Bennett), to whom Dylan grows close to throughout the movie, and Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) is an architect left distraught by his lover’s breaking up with him.

Most of the passengers are at a New Year’s Eve party in the ship’s ballroom, unaware of the danger about to befall them. However, a depressed Nelson, awaiting a midnight phone call from his ex-boyfriend that never comes, sees a 150-foot high rogue wave in the calm open ocean, heading towards the ship. The wave crashes into the starboard side of the ship, causing it to capsize and killing most of the passengers on its decks. As the ship rotates 180 degrees and submerges from the impact, the windows in the hallway explode from the intense force of the wave, causing water to flood into the ship and it begins to sink.

Calm is restored in the ballroom after Captain Michael Bradford (Andre Braugher) assures the passengers that rescue boats are on their way and will be there in a couple of hours. A small group of passengers (see above) ignore his attempts to keep them in the ballroom and flee, with the bulkhead doors sealing behind them. Due to the buildup of pressure, the water breaks through into the ballroom, killing all those who stayed behind. They attempt to head toward the bow of the ship, where they believe they will have the best chance of escaping the capsized liner. Fighting through many hazards (flooding the ballasts, negotiating an elevator shaft with a table, etc…), they ultimately arrive at the bow and escape through the propeller tube by blowing apart the turbines with a canister of explosive gas. They jump out of the tube and find a life raft as the Poseidon sinks. They then fire a signal flare, and are rescued by Coast Guard choppers.