The Cloverfield Paradox – Review

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday! My parents and I saw comedian, Paul Rodriguez, last night. I definitely recommend him if you have a chance to see him. He is hysterical.

Alright, on with today’s blog topic. You may or may not know, I am a huge Cloverfield fan. I absolutely loved the first movie, and then 10 Cloverfield Lane blew me away. I’ve been very accepting of the franchise, and all of its questions, and assumed the third movie would answer them and bring the entire franchise together.

I was wrong.

This will probably contain spoilers, I suggest watching it before reading.


Summary:
Orbiting 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. (Taken from IMDB)

Review:

The Cloverfield Paradox was released directly after the Superbowl on to Netflix, without any marketing or warning. I was initially concerned about the “straight to streaming” jump, but Netflix has had some good shows and movies, so I was excited. After watching the movie, I have a feeling this quick drop into Netflix was a frantic attempt to gain a following before the negative reviews started rolling in.

Cloverfield on it’s own, was a fantastic monster movie, that really didn’t need continuation, however, money calls, and 10 Cloverfield Lane was created. This movie does not have a ton of connection to the original except the end, but it is still brilliant in its own right. The Cloverfield Paradox attempted to bring the two movies together, but in doing so, managed to look and feel like a rip off of the original Alien movie, and create more questions than answers.

The crew is sent to space to test some sort of particle accelerator that is supposed to create energy that is needed on Earth. In true movie fashion, the test eventually causes a rip in time, and the ship and crew suddenly exist in two parallel dimensions.

Strange things begin to happen on the ship, many of which are a bit silly. Laughable, really. We learn very little about the characters, except the lead, and even she is pretty thin. I had few emotional responses to any deaths or near deaths. The character development was so paper thin, it was almost painful to watch. Which is sad, because the acting was actually decent. The movie looked good. The outside of the ship was unique and some of the special effects were fun.

I’m currently struggling to say anything positive about this film, so I’m just going to wrap up…

Wrap-Up:

I am really disappointed with this movie. The timelines of the three do not match, and it’s maddening. With the introduction of parallel universes, and rips in time, the franchise has infinite possibilities, which, in this case, is a bad thing. There were SO many missed opportunities to make this movie connect the first two and blow the audience away. Instead, we are left with a mess. I’m concerned for the future of the franchise, and I honestly am not sure I want them to make another movie. I’m sure they will, and if they do, I hope they spend a little more time making sense of this muddled timeline they’ve created. And you know, make a movie that’s worth a theater run instead of a “straight to DVD” quality release.


What did you think of The Cloverfield Paradox? Did you enjoy the first two movies? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoy what is left of the weekend. 😊

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