Netflix may get a lot of stick for releasing generic rubbish, but I really think ‘Cargo’ would’ve struggled to get funding or a wide release through any other studio. For one, it’s a zombie film with a real lack of action, instead focusing on the harrowing task of survival. Setting it in an empty Australia as well as having an indigenous tribes involved may have put studios off as it’s very different from any zombie film that’s fine before. But, as we all know, when something new comes along and works, it really stands out.
Netflix have so much content that if one of their films hasn’t got big star power in it, it seems to drop with no fanfare at all. That’s exactly what’s happened with their latest release. For the next few days, ‘Happy Anniversary’ will have pride of place near the top of Netflix before being relegated down. And that’s a shame, as it means a lot of people are going to miss this hidden gem.
Avoiding all the drama surrounding this films release (F**k you Paramount), Alex Garland’s follow up to ‘Ex Machina’ has annihilated all the other Netflix films out there. Now, while the bar isn’t set to high (‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ most recently dissapointed), ‘Annihilation’ is a future sci-fi classic that will be held in the same regard as ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ in years to come. It is one of the most mesmerising and stunningly beautiful films to come out for ages (Like it was meant for the big screen…) and also tackles self destruction and more importantly, the state of mind within all humans. Simply put, this is as good as sci-fi gets.
Okay, what on earth happened here? Seriously, this film is such a chaotic mess I’m still reeling from watching it. Unlike the previous two ‘Cloverfield’ instalments that were full of shocks and mystery, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is full of lame clichés and baffling plot points. It’s almost as if they wanted to add as many questions in as possible to add to the mystery these films love to cause. Instead, we get a crew making some ridiculous choices and a wider link to the other films that, while some fans will appreciate it, seems to just be there for the sake of it.