‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Video Review
Thanks to a surprise Super Bowl reveal, the world now has a third Cloverfield franchise film to watch on Netflix, and being a fan myself, I made sure to check it out shortly after its reveal. My full review is detailed below in the embedded video, but my quick take goes like this. The Cloverfield Paradox is not nearly as bad as the professional critics and bloggers are making it out to be, but it doesn’t really do much to make the trapped in space genre feel fresh. With that being said, the plot is still entertaining but silly at times, and the production value is high, so it doesn’t feel like a straight-to-home-release type of movie. Plus, it offers a few ties to the other Cloverfield movies, so in the end I found it to be a worthwhile and entertaining sci-fi film.
That’s my take, and you can get more of it below, but as with all things opinion-based, I still urge you to check out the movie for yourself, because I really don’t think it’s the dull turd that many are making it out to be.
Hey now Bad Robot buddies, Matt Heywood here from Entertainment Buddha to review the straight to Netflix Cloverfield film, The Cloverfield Paradox.One of the biggest surprises during the Super Bowl was the fact that the third entry in the Cloverfield franchise was revealed and released in the matter of hours on Netflix. It was an insane promotional stunt, and one I was ecstatic to follow up on. I’m a fan of the Cloverfield franchise, so watching the latest entry was a no brainer.
After watching The Cloverfield Paradox, I’m confused as to why it has received such a negative reaction from most professional critics, because to me, it is a passable sci-fi film. While it may have a few odd segments, and its plot isn’t anything new for the genre, the narrative is still entertaining and eye opening.
The film follows the crew of the Cloverfield space station, who are experimenting with a new way to create sustainable energy as humans on earth struggle to remain civil as the world suffers from a lack of resources. During one of the station’s tests, the crew mistakenly transports themselves to another dimension, while also creating chaos in their own dimension by messing with the fabric of space and time. The crew learns that their tests have created a paradox between the two dimensions, so they encounter more than a few freaky anomalies as they begin to realize that they’re no longer in kansas.
I can’t go too much further into the plot without spoiling the core of The Cloverfield Paradox, but I can say that it provides more than a few connections to the previously released Cloverfield films, which to me is enough to make up for its uninspired space station disaster plot.
This film definitely provides answers for the Cloverfield universe. The first movie gets its monster’s origins explained, even if the continuity is questionable because of the varied timelines of the three Cloverfield movies. I also believe the second film gets a nod thanks to the use of a bunker, which is eerily similar to Howard’s bunker in 10 Cloverfield Lane. There’s even a little girl in the bunker, which I swear could be the one that Howard pretended was his daughter.
The Cloverfield Paradox definitely isn’t the big waste of time that some critics and bloggers are making it out to be. While it’s not perfect, and it doesn’t really do anything new for the space station or ship disaster genre, it’s little nods and connective tissue to the other Cloverfield films makes it well worth a viewing. It also looks great, and the cast is loaded with talent, so while it may seem like a straight to home release type of movie, its production is definitely top-notch.
The third Cloverfield film earns a 7 out of 10 review score from Team EB. I urge you to check it out despite its poor reviews, because I do think it’s a worthwhile addition to the Cloverfield franchise, and as long as you have Netflix, you don’t even have to leave yourself to see a brand new big franchise type of flick.
Thanks for watching, Matt Heywood here signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.
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