Cloverfield Revisited

I saw Cloverfield at an Imax in New Zealand when I was touring with Dizzee Rascal back in 2008.

All I knew was that that it was a sci-fi film that people were talking about. I had no idea what the film was about or the concept, so it was kind of shocking to watch. It was one of the most intense films i’ve ever seen, filled with unpredictable twists and turns. It took you on a journey where you felt the hopeless futility of the characters. When we came out of the cinema we were all like ‘what the f*ck was that?’ It was a real head f*ck.

This is what Sci-fi should be

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is the sequel that wasn’t originally planned to be a sequel. Like the surprise albums by Kendrick Lemar and J Cole, ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ arrived unexpectedly without any hype or year long marketing hype. There were just 2 trailers 2 months ahead of the release, the total opposite of the campaign for Abram’s recent Star Wars launch for ‘The Force Awakens’.

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is totally different to ‘Cloverfield’. JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot team tell the a story in a very different way, but it is equally unpredictable. A journey that is both thrilling and horrific in parts.

It’s an excellent film that flips the concept of what a sequel can do. 8 years since the original ‘Cloverfield’ watching the sequel brought about the exact same feelings and reactions. I left the cinema with some friends and we were all like ‘what the f*ck was that?’. ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ was a real head f*ck.

This is JJ Abrams at his best, this is what Sci-fi should be. See it on the big screen, it’s the only way to appreciate the intensity.

10/10