Cloverfield directed by Matt Reeves is a film that uses hand-held video camera footage to show a group of friends struggle to survive an attack from an unknown being on New York City. This style of filming has begun to be more and more popular within recent years, and some other examples are the Paranormal Activity installments, Chronicle, and Project X. This type of filming which you can see in the videos I have attached creates a personal first-person vantage point of all of the action. Now, this first-person point of view has its advantages and disadvantages. I think that Cloverfield was faced with some of these challenges while filming. For example, when you use the hand-held camera to film it gives the viewer only one vantage point for an action sequence or scene. There is no other view of the action and things can be happening off screen that may actually be worth seeing.
As the viewer you almost get a headache from all of the movement and change of focus created by the camera. Because all of these large explosions are computer generated, the physical acting involved in these scenes are affected as well. Some of the movements of the actors are a little out of sync with the explosions, and sometimes they are heavily over-exaggerated. All of these obstacles come with the territory when filming from the first-person perspective. I think that in this movie the disadvantages really outweighed the advantages of filming in this new style, and the constant movement of the camera takes away from the actual action scenes of the movie. The director tried to make this movie seem too real, and by doing so he really hindered the viewing experience. Although the plot line of the movie is not bad, the combination of shaky camera movements and the below average acting and special effects make this movie hard to really enjoy. Because of this I give it two out of five slurpees.