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.
During the party, the building shakes and suffers a brief power outage. The local news reports that an oil tanker had capsized in the bay off Lower Manhattan. 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 fire escape and onto the street, which is filled with panicked city-dwellers, where the head of the Statue of Liberty suddenly appears bouncing down the road before crashing to rest 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. (Wikipedia.org) Click below to watch the rest!