The Cloverfield Paradox
Orbiting above an Earth on the brink of catastrophic energy wars, scientists test a dangerous device that could provide unlimited power but also runs the risk of creating a terrifying paradox, leaving them face-to-face with a dark alternate reality. The Cloverfield Paradox is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by Julius Onah, written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung, and produced by J. J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions. It is the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise, following Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016).
The movie is set in 2028, and it’s of a world in total chaos. The Cloverfield Paradox finds us as a futuristic Earth in the midst of a catastrophic energy crisis in which our natural resources are becoming extinct. Our energy crisis is coming to a head and things are getting grim as we grow more desperate. Humanity now has only one hope, and that’s astronaut Ava, leading her team of international astronauts on a mission to activate a particle accelerator from space that will unleash an unlimited supply of energy that will be able to save mankind. Or so they think.
While our team of scientists is orbiting the earth, playing ball in the space station and watching TV, some crack-pot marketing his book reveals that the science of their mission is untested and unproven witchery that could literally rip apart the fabric of space-time and release demons. The entire crew then spends the next two years desperately trying, and failing, to activate the accelerator, until one fateful day, it suddenly works. Only the accelerator made the Earth disappear!
Everything becomes complete chaos from that point on. Chaotic writing, chaotic storytelling, chaotic editing…everything just seems like absolute chaos. Now the crew is not only stranded on their space station, but they’ve lost all communication with Earth. The failed experiment also causes strange, and seemingly supernatural occurrences to begin taking place, which threatens the crews survival as well as that of the Earth the experiment was meant to save. We have people from other dimensions becoming trapped inside walls, earthworms vanishing, only to suddenly reappear inside one of the scientists, causing them to explode, while people are phasing right through the solid metal. Good grief.
What I didn’t like was, the movie gives the entire plot away within the first 15 to 20 minutes. Like I already said, a conspiracy theorist outlines the consequences of their mission while promoting his book on a TV interview, hinting at the possibilities of ripping through space-time and allowing “monsters and creatures from the sea” to enter our reality.
So, for all the sci-fi horror and action that ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ bragged about but barely delivered, it did have some impressive visuals. It also reveals a surprising twist at the end, as it explains the origin of the monster from the 2008 film, and cleverly disclosed how all three movies are connected. The question is, did we really need these three movies to be that tied together? My guess…no. I also gave this moving a rating of three instead of my first consideration of a two because I was so entertained over that hand scene. Still, it’s a good watch and I’d recommend it to a friend.
Title: The Cloverfield Paradox
Release Date: February 4, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl, John Ortiz
MPAA Rated: TV-MA
Directors: Julius Onah
Reviewed by: Dr. Butcher
Our Rating: 2.4 /5
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