I must admit, I am liking the Cloverfield approach to dropping sequels. In a time where you can almost get sick of a movie before it is released due to the constant hype and marketing machines, getting these movies out of the blue is like a breath a fresh air. Though, this time the folks at Bad Robot didn’t let us catch our breath as they dropped The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix right after the Super Bowl was over.
When news of The Cloverfield Paradox was first making buzz, it was simply known as The God Particle. Now I know why, as this movie takes place mostly amongst a giant space station built with a Super Conductor to see if they can successfully launch a new form of energy for a planet in crisis. Where this first Cloverfield movie was a found-footage kaiju giant monster flick, it’s stealthy released sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane, explored the horrors of man. Just as different in setting and vibe is the third in the ‘Cloververse’. The Cloverfield Paradox feels a bit like Event Horizon meets Interstellar.
Right off the bat the casting put a smile on my face. Seeing the I.T. Crowds‘ Chris O’Dowd let me know that there would be a few laughs. Sure enough, he didn’t disappoint and stole just about any scene he was in. It was great too to see Zhang Ziyi, probably most recognized stateside as the badass baddy in Rush Hour 2.
Given this is a Cloverfield title, the expected scares and horror aspects do occur and result in some clever space deaths (I’d say “spoiler alert” but it’s a horror flick on a space station, so yes there are space deaths). When playing with alternate dimensions and tears in the fabric of time and space pretty much anything goes, or so you have to remind yourself when you start going “how in the hell…?” and “why did that…?” in your head (or out loud if you are a more vocal movie watcher). Mostly everything questionable can be chalked up to this and works within the confines of the reality the movie creates. However, there is one scene, and it has nothing to do with the strange goings-on, where a character makes a statement and declares if they are going to get ‘it’ done it will take three people. The scene plays out and never once is there ever an instant or task to complete that required putting more than one person in danger. Maybe a scene was cut, but as it played out, it did pull me out of the movie a bit.
All in all, The Cloverfield Paradox is a welcomed addition to the series that actually provides some answers to the “who, what, where, when” questions left unanswered from the original movie. If you want to avoid any major spoilers, grab yourself a big cup of Slusho and strap yourself in ASAP before all the answers and theories start flooding the internet.