Yes. Yes. YES. YES. YES! YES! Here’s the completely out-of-the-blue first trailer for the long overdue sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield, titled “10 Cloverfield Lane” starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. Here’s the plot from ProjectCasting:
“After a car accident, a young woman comes to in an underground cellar, where most of the action takes place. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life and that a chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, whatever dangers she may face outside.”
Director J.J. Abrams said the movie is a “blood relative” of Cloverfield, which is a little discouraging and makes me think it’s just a ploy to get Cloverfield fans to see a movie that’s only kinda sorta related to the original. Like making a movie set in an ocean and saying it’s related to Jaws, but then there’s no sharks.
I’m really impressed by everyone involved with this movie to keep it under wraps. In the age of the internet when everything meant to be private becomes public and leaks abound, Abrams and crew pulled it off. The film had two other titles, “The Cellar” and “Valencia”, to throw hounds from the scent and it paid off.
A lot of people thought 2011’s Super 8 was the prequel to Cloverfield, but Abrams immediately denied the claim. ICYF, Super 8 told the story of a group of young teenagers who were filming their own Super 8 movie when a train derailed, releasing “a dangerous presence” into their town. That dangerous presence looked similar to the Cloverfield monster.
The Spielberg-backed film got a 7.1 on IMDb, 82% from critics and 75% from audience on Rotten Tomatoes, and 3.5 out of 4 stars from RogerEbert.com. I’ll admit I went to see it because of the ties to Cloverfield. I thought Abrams would let the hoards of fans flock to the theaters and then a month after its opening, be like, ‘haha, yeah, it was a prequel. what up’.
I remember not doing work at all for weeks on end following the release of the trailer for Cloverfield…
You wanna talk rabbit holes? I was completely sucked in. A whole ‘nother universe. Conspiracy theories, rumors, speculation. There was red yarn connecting pictures to articles to “evidence” on my cubicle wall.
Then, the movie came out and I think a good portion of people were disappointed with the monster(s). Some were more intent on pointing out everything wrong with it…
Me? I just loved how it put a twist on the familiar. Cloverfield essentially popularized the first person POV and “found footage” genres of film. My fiancee and I saw it on cable TV a couple weeks ago. She’d never seen it and was engaged, asking questions, but I was like Nathaniel Fanboy pointing out everything. I was a running commentary.
Viewers noted that the bunker made them think that there was some influence from “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” while others more logically connected it with “Lost”.
I’d hate for this movie to stay completely in the bunker the whole way through. I get the sense it could happen. I didn’t mind “Buried” with Ryan Reynolds. I’m unofficially claustrophobic and it definitely gave me anxiety, but I stuck with it. I really don’t mind if the 80-90% of this movie is just three people in the bunker, exploring that anxiety / fear of the unknown and the claustrophobia of cabin – or in this case bunker – fever. But, I really sincerely hope there’s a payoff. Like, the last 10-20 minutes has to be off the frickin’ chain. Action out the A.
PS – I wrote “10 Cloverfield Land” every single time and had to correct it.