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The Cloverfield Paradox Review

By Ian Crow

Following the trend of the universe of Cloverfield, the new instalment in the franchise was unknown to all. We had no idea of the official title, release date, synopsis or trailer. All we knew of was the cast and that it was set in space. During Super bowl weekend, the film dropped on Netflix. Now, I’m not too sure on how big the buzz was on the movie, as many people had no idea that another Cloverfield movie was on its way. I can’t lie, I really have enjoyed the franchise as of yet. The whole secrecy around it excites me. We live in a world where trailers are played to the point when you can recite all the lines, so Cloverfield does add something a little different. Whether the end product is something that excites you is a different matter.

Got to be honest, I’m not entirely sure where this movie sets itself in terms of timeline with the other movies, but I’m assuming its set in the near future. The world is on breaking point, wars are erupting and to top it off, there’s an energy crisis. A specialist team from around the world are put together into space to orbit the Earth to find a source of renewable energy and effectively save the planet from self-destruction. While the team feel that they are safe off earth, they are faced up against a dark multiverse that throws their Earth saving plans up in the air. After the fantastic effort in 10 Cloverfield Lane, Paradox goes into a completely different genre. Back to the Sci-Fi game, The Cloverfield Paradox tries its hardest to try to distinguish itself from previous Sci-Fi classics but ultimately ends up mirroring them all.

Packed with a diverse cast in Daniel Bruhl, Gugu M’Batha Raw, David Oyelowo, Zhang Ziyi, John Ortiz and Chris O’Dowd, you can’t deny that it’s a great cast. And I have to admit, they all play their part very well. Daniel Bruhl and Gugu M’Batha Raw both shine throughout the entirety of the movie. Everyone else plays their part to their strengths, including Chris O’Dowd who seems to have the funny line at the end of every scene. Apart from that, there’s not much else to say on the acting front. The direction is what is expected for a film like this, it does look great but it pulls the tricks of any Sci-Fi film. Directed by a relatively unknown in Julius Onah, he does well with what he’s provided but it’s nothing special.

The film itself isn’t actually too bad. It starts off really interesting in my opinion and did enough to warrant me watching the whole movie. As time goes on through the story, it becomes more predictable. It does so well for a long time to stay on track with being an original story but falls into the typical trap of any Sci-Fi. It goes down the route of any other film in the genre and turns into madness. The crew become endangered as weird stuff starts to happen and it becomes all cliché. It’s such a pity to see it come off the tracks when it’s so close to the finish line.

The Cloverfield Paradox adds nothing to the franchise for me. I felt none the wiser with my knowledge on the existence and whereabouts of the monster from the first movie, which is what I’m most interested in. It’s a film that very much runs out of steam at the most vital part and lost me towards the end. It’s not a train wreck of a movie; it’s just a ‘been here before’ kinda moment. It’s one I wouldn’t even bother with watching again. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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