The Cloverfield Paradox was released in a unique way. Right after the Super Bowl, with a commercial during the big game directing people to Netflix to watch it straight away. Not much marketing was done outside of the Super Bowl aside from rumors of a Cloverfield sequel entitled “Cloverfield 3,” The God Particle,” or simply “Untitled Cloverfield Sequel.” Fans of the original movie had been clamoring for a while in online forums about the possibility of another movie and it finally came to fruition. The only problem is that the movie may not be quite what they were expecting.
First of all, the film struggles to exist on it’s own. It appears as if the main purpose of the movie is to tie loose ends together from the previous “Cloverfield” franchise movies. To some, “Paradox” may answer their questions. But to many others, and mostly all newcomers, the movie raises more questions than it solves. It is a movie that has an agenda outside of itself… meaning that the primary focus does not appear to be to produce an enjoyable experience that is self-contained. Rather, it seeks to behave as a bridge between other movies and bridge to another movie that has not been released.
On top of that, many of the tropes in what is essentially a “space thriller” have been done over and over in recent movies such as Interstellar, Gravity, Oblivion, Life, and even Alien Covenant. The issue is that the aforementioned movies did the whole space-station drama/thriller/action thing in a much more contained, and overall better way than The Cloverfield Paradox. Although Alien Covenant served as a bridge between past movies and possibly a future one, it was still a self contained experience which “Paradox” is not.
The cast had no star power whatsoever. Outside of one recognizable face in David Oyelowo (who played MLK, JR in “Selma”) there wasn’t anyone you could pick out of a lineup. JJ Abrams was on board for production which probably sent Netflix back a few duckets and it shows as far as the presentation of the film. It is quite simply, beautiful. And probably best experienced on the big screen. Or at least a big screen TV if it’s available in 4k. Outside of the look of the actual movie… it was forgettable and quite frankly, disappointing.
If you enjoyed previous Cloverfield movies… maybe you’ll enjoy this one as it explores some of the same universe. If you’ve never seen any Cloverfield movies, watch the more recent one “10 Cloverfield Lane” which came out in 2016. If you’ve seen the previous movies and did not like them, save your time and watch something else on Netflix. I do not recommend. I’ve seen worse movies, but this was not something I’d watch ever again.
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