The Cloverfield Paradox: Review

Cloverfield Super Bowl Reveal

One of the biggest surprises of this year’s Super Bowl (aside from the result- which was awesome) was the reveal that the third entry in the Cloverfield franchise would debut on Netflix that very night. There hadn’t been a trailer until that point, the release date by Paramount was getting pushed back further and further, and all some knew about Netflix’s involvement was that they might buy it for streaming. So, it was a fantastic surprise and a brilliant reveal to find out we could watch it in just a few short hours. Although it would end up being the next say for me being based in the UK, the game itself didn’t finish until the early hours.

Cloverfield Paradox Review

I love both Cloverfield film. The first was exceptional in both marketing and finished product and it’s still one I can watch again and again. 10 Cloverfield Line was nearly as good. It’s a stunningly tense film and the only weak spot for me comes with it’s ending- which many felt shoehorned in to become a part of Cloverfield. This one? Well it’s certainly got problems.

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There’s a great movie here somewhere, the first half in particular sets up a solid space adventure that looks to really focus on the intriguing alternate reality concept it presents. But this ends up becoming muddled and not overly interesting. The cast is fine and the script has moments of greatness, but a lot of this is just a bit dull and not as gripping as it could have been.

As for the Cloverfield part, well it seems that this was never meant to have a connection at all. It seems all too apparent that all the links to the franchise were included later through reshoots and as such, it’s all a muddled mess by the time the credits roll. It’s a sometimes good space movie, but a pretty shoddy Cloverfield movie. Marketing wise though, the release of this was genius. It’s just a shame that hype vanishes once the movie concludes.