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'Cloverfield' Making Some Moviegoers Sick

'Cloverfield' may be the first big hit of the year, bringing in more than $40 million dollars on its opening weekend, but the monster movie is leaving some moviegoers more sick than scared.

What makes the movie different is that it's told from the point of view of five young New Yorkers using their handheld camera. But the jerky motion is giving some people motion sickness. In fact, some cinema chains have posted signs warning audiences they could "experience side effects associated with motion sickness, similar to riding a rollercoaster."

Most viewers are unaffected by the film, but for those who are Dr. Michael G. Stewart at Weil Cornell Medical Center says: "This is a classic case of vertigo. You can look around and feel like things are moving, when they aren't... People have different levels of susceptibility, similar to how some people cannot ride on a small boat without getting sick. It's just a natural variation."

If you do get motion sickness easily, you may want to rent this one instead, as it won't affect you nearly as much in a controlled space with other objects to focus on.

January 25, 2008 |




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