The Cloverfield Paradox

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Orbiting above a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality. – Netflix

So, something kind of wild happened yesterday. Recently there had been rumors about “God Particle” aka Cloverfield 3 swirling around. This movie was supposed to come out in theaters in April, then rumors speculated it would go straight to Netflix but nobody knew anything else. We didn’t even have a title or any sort of promotional material. That all changed last night. Super Bowl trailers are fairly common but wow. The trailer came out last night during the game, the title was revealed to be The Cloverfield Paradox. The release date was revealed also, directly after the game on Netflix. That’s unprecedented. The Cloverfield franchise is known for their bold marketing techniques but this one must take the cake. Nobody knew anything about the movie until like 3 hours before it was released. Say what you want about the film itself but the marketing was incredible. The Cloverfield Paradox gave me a reason to care about the Super Bowl.

The Cloverfield Paradox was written by Oren Uziel and directed by Julius Onah. Originally a spec script title “God Particle,” it was purchased and converted into a Cloverfield installment.

I absolutely love the Cloverfield movies, 10 Cloverfield Lane (this is one of my earlier reviews, it’s probably trash) is one of my favorite movie. But yeah so, of course, I was excited for the third installment in the franchise and even more excited to find out I could watch it immediately in my home. I liked it, everyone else on the internet seems to hate it.

The Cloverfield Paradox is a very somewhat generic high concept sci-fi flick with some added lines to make it a Cloverfield movie. Watching this movie was very reminiscent of the original Alien and any movie inspired by it such as Life, to name a more recent one. Yeah, this movie was generic and a total B-movie but it was fun. The movie moves at a breakneck speed which is its downfall at some points but the speed at which the plot moves kept me intrigued. So many crazy events occurred to members of the Cloverfield Station and they just kept happening. Things just got weirder and weirder, unfortunately they never really told us why anything happened. I kept watching because I wanted to know why. I was partially dissatisfied with that but I had fun with it, especially trying to theorize why it all happened and how.

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The cast are the ones that suffer the most from the pacing. Things happen so fast that we don’t get a chance to learn about any of the characters. None of them are developed and they repeatedly fell into cliché sci-fi tropes. All the characters were disposable which is too bad. There were some good performances considering the material they were given was less than stellar. The standouts to me were Gugu Mbatha-Raw, basically the main character and Chris O’Dowd, the comic relief. Daniel Bruhl whom I’ve adored since Captain America: Civil War was severely underutilized, along with the rest of the cast.

It’s clear why this movie went straight to Netflix but you still have to applaud the ballsy move of dropping it out of nowhere. This a fun, visually good-looking B-movie. Turn your brain of and watch it, you’ll have a good time. The connection between all three Cloverfield movies is satisfying enough but I would’ve like to see it fully explored. The Cloverfield Paradox was an interesting concept but the execution just wasn’t there. I had fun with this one and I’m hopeful for the future of the franchise.

I give The Cloverfield Paradox a 6.9 out of 10, would watch again.

“We’re definitely not in Kentucky anymore.”

Now streaming on Netflix.

 

 

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