We have seen this viewpoint before. The Blair Witch Project brought us an interesting vantage point from the lens of a handheld camera. It gave us a fresh perspective to the horror genre and it also gave many people something else; nausea. It doesn't bother me at all, but several people can't stand the constant shaking and swinging motion of the handheld camera.
So if the Blair Witch Project, and Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum gave you motion sickness, you'll probably want to stay away from Cloverfield. That said, this was a very fun and intense movie. A thrill ride as the non stop action constantly comes at you.
The movie begins and ends with Rob (Michael Stahl-David) and Beth (Odette Yustman) filming each other on their cam-corder. The first is a "Good Day" at Coney Island, this memory is slowly erased as Lily (Jessica Lucas) is throwing a going-away party for Rob, her boyfriend's brother, and Rob's friend, Hud (T.J. Miller), is coerced into documenting the event on Rob's camera.
The party is interupted as the building suddenly shakes. They go to the roof for a look and see a massive explosion rock New York's harbor. From that moment chaos and panic ensues bringing back memories of September 11th. Rob, Jason (Mike Vogel), Lily, Hud and party guest Marlena (Lizzy Caplan ) set out together to rescue a trapped Beth while the city is attacked by some unknown monster.
I was impressed by the acting abilities of these unknown actors. They delivered their lines so naturally, and the comments by Hud, who is behind the camera most of the movie were hilarious. This film has already set a box office record, so you don't need me to tell you to go check out Cloverfield!!