5 Aren't People's Opinion's strange....JoeMichelJarre | 02/01/2009 | See all JoeMichelJarre's reviews (7)The varying reviews on Cloverfield have me stumped. Some people seem to want the action from the first second, some think its slow, some think its badly acted and unoriginal. If this review is supposed to sell the film, well let me just say: Cloverfield, despite the Blair-Witch style camera work is light years ahead of that film in terms of originality. The makers have tried to make a decent movie with a decent set of characters who's motivation's are very simple; survive, help your loved ones, try not get squished.With that in mind, the opening scenes set the pace, quick edits, jokes, a good subplot, and when the action hots up I found it perfectly paced, scary and even disturbingly real. The scenes showing the military attacked the "creature" are so realistic, and the hand held camera only adds to this (I like most of the reviewers did not feel sick once).The acting for me is top notch. Perhaps some peoples complaint may be biased by the fact that the characters are generally well-to-do New Yorkers living in cool high rise apartments and obviously not short of a bob or two! Personally, this only added to the realism, because really I've had enough of the "trying to show the gritty side of life" style characterisation. These are young professionals in a tough situation, and there story is genuinely compelling and ultimately moving.The creature and its er..."Sheddings" are also genuinely scary. THe subway tunnel scene is spine tingling, and it is this sporadic view we get that make sit so.Thankfully, the filmmakers have also put reflection time in there too, giving the characters a little more depth than than usual.All in all, I can't recommend this film more highly. No, its not the Citizen Kane of Monster movies, but it comes darn well close. Its original and technically brilliant, well acted, surprisingly moving, and once it gets going, its a tension filled edge of the seat ride.