[film] 3 films that I enjoyed but made me sick

To this date, there have been a total of three films that I really enjoyed, but somehow made me sick during the experience. A major symptom of my film-sickness is dizziness, which leads to nausea and the urge to vomit. When this happens, I try to alleviate the discomfort by breathing deeply. But that rarely works.

Visual ipecac.

Here’s the films that unintentionally offended me:

  1. Cloverfield [2007]
    The experience was horrible. I found myself nearly on the verge of vomiting just 30 minutes into the movie. I had to walk out to re-orient myself and grab some air before walking in again and repeating the process again. I stomached the whole movie through and through but losing the dizziness after the movie took about 2 hours.
  2. District 9 [2009]
    Towards the end of this movie, I ended up moving about 10 seats behind away from my friends.
  3. Paranormal Activity [2009]
    Now this movie didn’t offend my senses completely. I only felt sick whenever the main character ran around the house looking for his girlfriend in the middle of the night. And as I type this without the lights on, I am completely letting my imaginations run in the horror playground and scare myself.

The one string tying these movies together is the intentionally crappy camera-work. These movies rely on shaky, amateurish camera-work to achieve the effect of realism and authenticity. I’ve come to accept the fact that movies with excessive shaky-cam are not for me. The game Mirror’s Edge also has the same effect on me and guess what, I enjoy that game too.

Although I walked out of these movies ranging from slightly dizzy to vomit-ready, my sentiment remains that I enjoyed these movies, and that any shortcomings that I have as a human being shouldn’t get in the way of how I rate the movie.

But this doesn’t count: Pursuit of Happyness [2007]
My friend and I arrived 10 minutes into the movie on it’s opening night and we were relegated to the worst seats in the house; front right corner seats, 10 feet from the screen. There we were watching a large Will Smith cry in a bathroom. The awkward viewing angle increased for my nausea and I walked out midway the movie.

Come to think of it, I’m the only one I know with this problem. I’m just not built to handle these kinds of movies. In fact I was the only one from all these experiences in my group to experience motion-sickness. Guess it’s time to hit up the Goog and search for some cures, if any.

An nyoung.


2 thoughts on “[film] 3 films that I enjoyed but made me sick

  1. One I heard for motion sickness is to have an anchor (cue LOST reference), but yeah. Having something where you know what’s up and down helps. That’s why Mirror’s Edge had that little dot in the middle to keep you anchored at one point.

    • even with the anchor for Mirror’s Edge, I find myself nauseous. Thank God I’m not bleeding from the nose. That would set off my alarms and make me look for my ‘constant’.

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