Director: Julius Onah
Writer/s: Oren Uziel, Doug Jung
Starring: Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Ziyi Zhang, David Oyelowo, and more.
Special shout-out to Shawn for providing his tweet and also additional notes regarding “The Cloverfield Paradox”.
Where do I possibly begin? I love this universe. If I have ALREADY lost you, the Cloverfield universe is a very complex and (still) mysterious movie universe that people debate and discuss constantly. From the 2008 “Cloverfield”, to the 2016 “10 Cloverfield Lane”, and now to “The Cloverfield Paradox”. We as an audience find ourselves bouncing back and forth between the “what if’s” and the “What the f*#&s?” For myself, I am eagerly waiting day by day to find out more about this universe and piece the puzzle together. And now for the rest of you that might have been intrigued by the Super Bowl trailer bombshell that was “The Cloverfield Paradox” being released on Netflix and possibly being interested in this film. Prepare yourselves, really, because this movie series is a confusing and wild trip, especially if this one is your first dance with a Cloverfield movie.
Now without further ado, let us give “The Cloverfield Paradox” an Oberrating shall we?
“After a scientific experiment aboard the space station involving a particle accelerator has unexpected results, the astronauts find themselves isolated. Following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival.”
I am so mad yet so satisfied by this film. I want more… as if I do not always want more… but I want MORE. Okay, I am going to take this a step at a time.
I overall am pleased by this film, especially with how they handle this genre over the span of three different movies. Each film keeps a horror/thriller vibe to them yet each feels so incredibly different. I applaud that. With “The Cloverfield Paradox” primarily in mind, the sci-fi horror fit just right while not being too overburdening with horror but still having enough flare to keep myself on edge while staying true to its mystery sci-fi story. To compliment the genre are excellent performances brought on across the board. Brühl, Debicki, Mbatha-Raw, Zhang, O’Dowd (despite some annoyances), the entire cast was a delight to watch as each brought their characters into their own respective spotlight making each a memorable and enjoyable player in the film.
The mystery alone within “The Cloverfield Paradox” kept me enticed throughout the duration of the film. From the very start, I was curious as to how the story played out and as a new curve ball was thrown, no matter how strange and unexplained it was, it had me reeling as the events unfolded. Once the true explanation was revealed, I had pieced the puzzle together for the most part but despite figuring out the causes to the events, I still remained curious to the “why’s” and the “how come’s”. I love a thought-provoking and challenging film, and this one does just that in regards to what could possibly be happening in this universe.
My last note will come in the form of a spoiler… So scroll to the bottom past the references if you have already watched or simply do not care for spoilers. If you do care… Well do not scroll past the references, dummy.
With this tweet, I summarize exactly why I love this universe beyond the films themselves. The marketing and the way Bad Robot delivers these films are unrivaled. Not only do I genuinely enjoy these films due to the mystery surrounding each film, the marketing makes the hype for these films sky high, causing viewers to watch despite and positive or negative response.
“The Cloverfield Paradox”; thrusted upon us via a surprise Super Bowl appearance and made available to us by Netflix was possibly the best thing I took from the Super Bowl. The film plays its genre with excellence. I primarily was entertained by the consistent curiosity that took hold of me throughout the duration of the film. Despite evident flaws and unanswered questions, this is another outing for the Cloverfield universe that I can get behind. I do not think one of these films will ever end with me not having questions and that is both a great and terrible thing. GIVE ME MORE!
***SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS***
Basically one simple spoiler complaint. Which was also more cleared up by my buddy Shawn but I’m still not satisfied. The Super Bowl trailer hyped up a reason for the Cloverfield alien attacking New York but we basically got the space mission that caused the alien to arrive but barely any foolproof explanation as to why the alien is there.
It was explained that the use of the accelerator could rip dimensions open and expose universes to threats never seen before and this exact occurrence seemed to happen. Not only causing the rig and crew itself to go into an alternate dimension but also ripping things and beings from other dimensions. With this, it basically gives an “anything can happen” opportunity for this universe. (I.e. Cloverfield alien attacking New York, aliens attacking in “10 Cloverfield Lane”, etc.) Anything is possible at all and gives endless opportunities to tell Sci-Fi stories within the Cloverfield Universe.
I personally love this concept. There are plenty of questions that still need answers too but that is exactly what I love about these stories. I sit and wait for more.