‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Film Review

Grade: B-

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

I find it hard to believe that Netflix decided to distribute the third installment in the ‘Cloverfield’ franchise. What started off as a found-footage science-fiction thriller shrouded in mystery and destruction paved way for sequels that have a cinematic look and feel. Though, one does not have to watch any in specific order (Honestly, I may have watched ‘Cloverfield’ months back, yet missed out on ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ before watching this). With ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’, it is easy to see that, despite having elements of the first ‘Cloverfield’, the characters, stories, and situations are different in how they handle this mysterious force. ‘Cloverfield’ took place at a going-away party in Manhattan where party-goers were filming the destruction, ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ set itself in a bunker with three survivors, while ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ brings us into the future where time and space literally collide.

If I were to explain what happened in ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’, I would feel uncomfortable. Like the previous two films, this installment thrives on drawing audiences in with suspense and mystery (All J.J. Abrams’ films reveal nothing in their trailers). In fact, the trailer premiered during ‘Super Bowl LII’; the same night it launched on Netflix. I think it is a kind of funny move for executives to market their movie in the same day it releases, but from a marketing standpoint, it makes audiences intrigued.

It took me until last week to finally warm up to the idea of watching ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’. When it comes to movies with sequels, I am a perfectionist; I like to watch prior installments I missed first before delving into another follow-up (My exception was last year’s ‘Logan’; you may be surprised to know that I have yet to watch the entire ‘X-Men’ franchise sans ‘Deadpool’). It was my girlfriend’s choice to put this on for the both of us. Despite its scientific flaws and convoluted story-line, we both enjoyed ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’.

I must mention that the film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, John Ortiz, Chris O’Dowd, Aksel Hennie, Ziyi Zhang, and Elizabeth Debicki as a team of international scientists as they have to work together to reach their destination.  

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