#MOVIEREVIEWMONDAYS: The Cloverfield Paradox

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The Cloverfield Paradox” is directed by Julius Onah and stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, John Ortiz, and David Oyelowo as the crew of space station “Cloverfield”. The film takes place on the station in a not-to-distant future where Earth is in an energy crisis, and the station is experimenting with new technology to provide energy to the planet. However, this project goes horribly wrong.

“The Cloverfield Paradox” is the third entry in the “Cloverfield” film series, preluded by “Cloverfield” (2008) and “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016). This film was marketed as the film that will connect the previous two films and answer all the questions they posed. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to that challenge.

First, lets review the film’s strengths. While there are no standouts, the cast was very strong, and all gave fairly good performances. As a thriller, this film was shot very well, and was well directed by relative newcomer Julius Onah. As a Netflix film, the production values are off the charts compared to the streaming service’s previous works.

Then there are the aspects where the film falls short. The biggest plunder is the story. Being marketed as an answer to the questions left by the previous films, “The Cloverfield Paradox” completely missed the mark, leaving only more questions.

The screenplay attempts to examine alternate realities is hopelessly confusing and twisted. I can appreciate when a film tries to be smart. This film could have been if only it was backed by a stronger screenplay.

The ending of the film is also sudden and confusing, and doesn’t seem to make sense, as there are clear connections to “Cloverfield” (2008), which also ended on a cliffhanger.

 

Consensus

“The Cloverfield Paradox” fails too live up to the previous films of the franchise due to a lousy, convoluted story, but its acting, solid direction, and set up for further films provides enjoyable experience.

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