CLOVERFIELD was pretty amazing in the cinemas– a truly immersive experience and you feel you are "in" the movie with the characters– although for that very reason, it loses a little something in a home viewing by being shrunk down. Watch on a big screen with a good sound system and try not to pause too much. The whole idea of the film is to be immersive.
it's "found footage" it's easy to lose sight of how intensely difficult
and expensive it ACTUALLY was to make, to insert monsters and
collapsing buildings and other effects into a jerkily-moving home
camcorder frame. This is not a "Blair Witch" shoestring.
I'm in the minority, but I actually cared about the characters. And
Lizzy Caplan (before she became a HUGE star) is very likeable and
endearing. And hot.
I was also an extra in it for 2 nights, covered in fake dust!