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Handheld camera technique actually works in showing the chaos of the situation.
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I have only seen bits and pieces of this movie but enough to know that I don't want to see it - too much hand-held shaky cam "goodness".
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People who added this item 3176 Average listal rating (2084 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
~ This was the first time watching a movie gave me a migraine - from the changing focus of shots, shaky cam action in the fight and chase scenes - it's no wonder I gave this movie 2 points.

More suited for the small screen.

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Batman Begins (2005)
A number of action sequences were so shaky as to be barely discernible but did not detract from my enjoyment of the overall movie.

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People who added this item 4247 Average listal rating (2844 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
Transformers (2007)
As fun as it was to see the robots in action, I was disappointed that I couldn't appreciate the effects more because of how jittery the camera was.


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People who added this item 2785 Average listal rating (1759 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Though not as jittery as Supremacy, I still found myself turning away from time to time because the camera movements were too painful on my eyes.

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People who added this item 2430 Average listal rating (1659 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
Cloverfield (2008)
Finally saw this and yes there is a lot of shaky camera effects but since I watched it on TV I wasn't bothered much by it. But I'm guessing on the big screen it wouldn't have had a magnifying effect comparable to The Bourne Supremacy.

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People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (340 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
The director used pen cameras to give the audience an idea on how it feels to be in the ring.
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Iron Man (2008)
The scene where Tony Stark's convoy gets shot at is an example of shaky camera that actually works. It keeps you in the moment, not takes you out of it.

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People who added this item 2181 Average listal rating (1434 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
I wasn't bothered by the shaky cam in this movie - it seemed to fit the tone and the situation.

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People who added this item 2120 Average listal rating (1367 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
The use of shaky cam works most of the time.

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People who added this item 2028 Average listal rating (1321 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
As with Transformers, there were a number of sequences designed to make you feel like you were part of the action. Slightly bothersome.

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People who added this item 1032 Average listal rating (674 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
Gamer (2009)
If only the camera followed the person's point of view instead of being jostled all over the place. There's no time to rest your eyes.

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People who added this item 462 Average listal rating (284 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.6
With the exception of the ending, I barely noticed the hand-held nature of this film.

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People who added this item 749 Average listal rating (511 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
Much of the movie is scene from the point of view of the Marines but the shaky cam doesn't detract from the action or the special effects.

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People who added this item 2761 Average listal rating (1815 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
There was a lot of zooming in and out and hand held shakiness from time to time that was distracting.

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People who added this item 634 Average listal rating (431 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.6
Babylon A.D. (2008)
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WALL·E (2008)
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~ They were going the Bourne Supremacy route and the jitters were noticeable even on the small screen. Ugh.

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Man of Steel (2013)
~ There are many moments in scenes where the edits shift from steady to shaky. My reaction: "Oh no, here's camera operator number 3".

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The Shaky Camera technique apes Cinéma vérité in order to heighten the reality of a given situation.

However there is a fine line between being a part of a movie's reality and getting a migraine or puking your guts in the cinema.

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Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Oct 8 14:23
I may be a bit late, but spot on with this list! Mainly The Bourne Supremecy. That is one of the first times in my 26 years of watching movies I turned away because I was catching a headache.

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