It came out of nowhere – literally – which is actually how all the films in the Cloverfield series hit the screen. Even with that, and its digital release via Netflix, there was a stinky feeling of a movie that was dumped into the unforgiving zone we call ‘January Release’. So, how was The Cloverfield Paradox? Check below for our Pros and Cons.
This time we’re going to start off with the cons, because sadly, they outweigh the pros in this case.
We understand that this is only Julius Onah’s second feature, and while we’re not blaming him for everything wrong with the film, he is, for the most part, at fault here. The film is devoid of any direction and style, simply becoming a mixture of every horror and sci-fi film released before it. The actors are bored, passing along another pay cheque before they get on the set of their next film. Now, this isn’t to hate it on Onah, because the worst thing to happen to this movie was for it to come under the Cloverfield umbrella.
Or should I say scripts? Because they’re at least three films bedded into the one, and that is the main problem with the film. The narrative is too hectic, never clearly knowing where it truely wants to go. We do know that this film was originally known as the God Particle. But it was a long time between when it was still God Particle and became The Cloverfield Paradox, and we’re scared to see what happened between that time.
The true problem here. It’s a mess. A monstrous (pun always intended!) mess. We’re starting to learn any film can become a Cloverfield film, and it won’t work with this franchise. While they went small with 10 Cloverfield Lane, they went big, too big, with The Cloverfield Paradox. We want to say that there was once a good movie in there, but we wouldn’t know where to start on finding it.
For what’s it worth, if anyone comes out of this alive, it’s lead actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. You can see that she tries, but with little to work with, there is only so much she can do.
Possibilties for the future
They have, however, opened the door with a number of possibilities for the future of the franchise. If they are careful, they can get it back on track; but we understand that the next addition, Overlord, due out later this year, will be set in during WWII. So, what do we know?
👎👎👎 from The Horror Club.