Oh the Cloververse! Honestly, I haven’t seen Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). But after watching the recent installment I got super curious about the Cloverserse and I really want to give the franchise a chance. So I will watch the previous films once I find them and make a separate review for the Cloverfield franchise. For now, I will share my thoughts on this thing called The Cloverfield Paradox.
The Cloverfield Paradox
Orbiting above 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.
The third installment in the Cloverfield franchise surprised fans, basically everyone as the trailer dropped on February 2018 during the Super Bowl. There were talks about a yet-to-be-named Cloverfield film way back in 2016. Lo and behold, instead of a theatrical release it is now streaming on Netflix.
The Cloverfield Paradox is directed by Julius Onah and still produced by J. J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber. The film stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo and Zhang Ziyi.
The film is set in 2028 where our beloved Earth is suffering an energy crisis. To fix the problem, an international group of astronauts aboard a space station to test the Shepard particle accelerator. However, conspiracy theorists say that this test will create a “Cloverfield Paradox”. This means that portals will open allowing all kinds of horrors from parallel universes to enter and threaten Earth.
As a fan of monster films, I love where this film is going. Sadly, there were problems specifically with the material and execution. It reminded me of old, low-budget sci-fi films. Seeing this kind in 2018 does not spell impressive.
I think the reason behind it is the material itself. According to reports, like 10 Cloverfield Lane, the original script for The Cloverfield Paradox is for a very different film called God Particle. This was acquired by Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot in 2012 for Paramount’s low-budget distribution label.
Now, I don’t see anything wrong with that. The only difference is 10 Cloverfield Lane is solid doing well in the box office and garnering positive reviews. Unfortunately for The Cloverfield Paradox, it wasn’t the same even with the surprise ending. IMDb 5/10