Are we sure this is a Cloverfield movie? Really? Are we 100% positive?

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) is a 50-million-dollar investment by Netflix that’s based off an original project called God Particle. Instead of this being a standalone science fiction isolation thriller like Life (2017) and Pandorum (2009), someone in-the-know decided it’d be best to make this a third installment in the often-rumored Cloverfield Rubicon.

The plot centers around a crew in space who are all working on a permanent solution to an energy crisis that’s ravaging earth. When something goes wrong with the particle accelerator on the station, it brings about immense problems regarding alternate dimensions and grounded earthly political turmoil.

You see why I asked if this is a Cloverfield movie? If you explained this to someone who had a cursory knowledge of Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), would they be able to connect the dots?

It is readily apparent to me that there were late Botox-like injections of Cloverfield-lingo and exposition into the original God Particle cut/idea. The most obvious dose of implanted reshoots is in the first 10 minutes of the movie when a political correspondent is barking on the TV about how the particle accelerator can lead to things such as monsters and demons.

CAN THEY MAKE IT ANY MORE OBVIOUS?

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The Cloverfield Paradox is a dull sci-fi trope that frankly belongs solely on the Sci-Fi channel. It looks like a B-rate movie but with a truly impressive cast. This is Netflix’s second straight critical backfire following the dreadful reviews for Bright (2018), which I have still yet to force myself to see. But with all the reviews and feedback being on the negative connotation…we have to begin asking the question as to whether or not it matters in the eyes of the publisher.

When Cloverfield (2008) first come out, it became one of the first movies to take the Internet by storm. Cut to 2016 and 10 Cloverfield Lane being released with an incredibly short buildup. Now The Cloverfield Paradox comes with literally no tease; its sudden “Oh hey by the way, watch this after the Super Bowl” debut was a mic drop by Netflix on its ability to control the market.

I respect the idea and the brashness. When the commercial aired on Sunday, I saw a cast that remains impressive…even if The Cloverfield Paradox fails to live up to the hype as a viewing experience. You throw some loveable IP together with a cast that people respect, it’s a fantastic trap for everyone to into.

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That talent is noteworthy with the personalities of David Olelowo, Daniel Brühl, Chris O’Dowd, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Regrettably, the only thought I had after the movie finished was that I really need to see Brühl in The Alienist.

There is one other thing about The Cloverfield Paradox that ruffles my feathers. Did we really need to know how the monsters came to earth? Is a definitive answer what we all wanted?

The convoluted particle accelerator, alternate dimension, and different realities resolution seems a bit too over the top. Sometimes the simplest answer, or no answer at all, is what is needed. The same drive for filling the voids has been a detriment before, i.e. Alien: Covenant (2017) and Star Wars Episode I: A Phantom Menace (1999).

The Cloverfield Paradox is a major disappointment. By being forced in Cloverfield cloud, the story has an overcomplicated plot and as a result of that the strong cast doesn’t have a chance to shine. Here’s to hoping Netflix’s original series magic can eventually translate into its motion pictures.

STANKO RATING: D

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