I was introduced to the Cloverfield movies with 10 Cloverfield Lane in the theater. It was a really tight psychological thriller with excellent performances and a scifi twist and I loved it. After that I saw the original Cloverfield on demand. It’s in a found footage format that can be dizzying at times but the original Cloverfield was scary with some incredible scenes and packed a punch. (Those spider things, my God.) So when I saw the ad during the Super Bowl last night for Cloverfield Paradox I wondered why this was the first time I was hearing about it. I just assumed that I had missed the news, which is surprising as this is my job. It turns out that Netflix dropped Cloverfield Paradox, also produced by JJ Abrams, with no advance press, almost no leaks to industry sources (there were rumors though), and no news whatsoever. It’s a full length film and was available on demand on Netflix after the Superbowl. They pulled a Beyonce and people are eating it up. It stars by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl, Chris O’Dowd and Ziyi Zhang and is directed by Julius Onah. Here’s the plot:
“In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.”
[From Netflix via CNN]
The Verge interprets the trailer as a film that will “help tie the previous two films together, providing some sort of origin story for the mysterious happenings that occur in both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane.” They also point out that only a streaming service could do this of course, and that there’s no way a regular film could just appear out of thin air like this.
I’d read a couple of reviews which were very positive and I was all set to watch this, but Rotten Tomatoes has it at 13%. Still, it’s on Netflix so it’s not like I have to drive somewhere, spend $10-$15 and then sit there for two hours. I’ll give it a chance. I love this genre and the other two films were well worth watching. Also, Ava Duvernay is here for it:
Woman of color-led, sci-fi thriller released worldwide day + date w/ big Netflix muscle for black director, his super producer + POC cast. No advance press, ads, trailer. Straight to the people. Gamechanger. Congrats to helmer #JuliusOnah + my dears JJ, Gugu, David. #Cloverfield pic.twitter.com/m186Hprhqz
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 5, 2018
Westworld also dropped the trailer for season two last night along with the release date, which is April 22. That seems like a long time away but it’s much sooner than the fall release date I expected. Dolores is narrating, Maeve is leading animatronic bulls against a swat team of humans, and it looks like the hosts are running the show. I am here for this and am somewhat grateful it will be on HBO instead of Netflix because I’ll be forced to watch it in weekly segments instead of losing an entire weekend in front of the TV.
Here’s another trailer for Cloverfield Paradox. It looks scary!