It starts out with the film being part of a U.S goverment top secret case codenamed "Cloverfield" and it was found in a sector formerly known as "Central Park". Then it cuts to early morning and Rob (Stahl-David) recording what can only seem as the morning after a one-night stand. But the woman he's with Beth, he's been in love with her since college. Then it cuts to a few weeks after that scene and the camera is discovered by Rob's brother Jason. He and his girlfriend Lily are putting together a last blowout party as a bon voyage for his brother because he's going to Japan for a job. Lily then comes up with the idea of doing testimonials (like in weddings) of people saying their goodbyes to Rob and charges Jason of the camera. Jason then finds Rob's best friend Hud and charges him with the testimonials and camera. Hud becomes the point-of-view person for the rest of the film. As soon as the party starts, he sets out to find Marlena, the chick he has a crush on. She quickly blows him off and Hud sees Rob greet Beth who just came in with a date. He then sees them arguing and Beth stalking off apparantly returning home. Hud and Jason are both asked by Lily to console him and they find him sitting at the fire escape. Then out of nowhere, the earth violently shakes. They quickly go to the living room and turn on the t.v. and see the news channel saying something about an oil tankier capsizing. They go to the roof to check it out and see the taker explode sending flying debris in their direction forcing them to flee to the streets. Then comes the first visual of the monster swiping the head clean of the statue of liberty landing just feet from the camera. Evertything turns chaotic and the main characters(Rob, Jason, Lily, Marlena, and camera-guy Hud) decide to leave Manhattan. Just then Rob gets a call from Beth crying for help saying that she can't move. Rob, realizing that he really is in love with her, decides to go to her rescue in the middle of Manhattan which is in the middle of the battle between the army and the monster.