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THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX came out of nowhere and we are lucky to have it…

Posted on February 6th, 2018
Posted on February 6th, 2018

by Coop Cooper

Formerly titled “God Particle”, “The Cloverfield Paradox” was scheduled to arrive in theaters in February 2017, then October 2017, then it was pushed back to April 2018. There were rumors that the powers that be at Paramount Studios weren’t happy with the cut of the film and that reshoots would happen. Later rumors indicated the film may be dumped into a direct-to-video release as Paramount looked to cut some fat out of their budget. “Cloverfield” fans were shocked and caught off guard when on Super Bowl Sunday, a teaser for the film announced that “The Cloverfield Paradox” would release on Netflix… that very night after the game ended. The Cloverfield franchise is known for secrecy, surprises and inventive marketing campaigns, but this bombshell topped them all. Luckily for fans, the film delivers a thrilling story and spectacle as long as they don’t expect a non-stop monster fest.

Set in the not-too-distant future, as the nations of the Earth suffer frequent blackouts due to energy shortages, astronauts on the futuristic Shepherd Space Station attempt to perfect a new form of limitless energy that could solve the problem once and for all. After two years of failures and only a few chances left to get it right, the astronauts grow desperate as the world below them descends into war and chaos. When the experiment goes terribly wrong, the astronauts find themselves adrift and alone with little chance of survival. To make matters worse, the experiment has somehow distorted space, time, dimensions and reality in horrifying ways both on the station and on Earth. In fact, it would appear this disastrous experiment may be the singular incident responsible for all other disasters related to the ‘Cloverfield’ universe.

If “Cloverfield” and “10 Cloverfield Lane” left you wondering what is going on with all of this ‘Cloverfield’ world with its monsters, aliens and disasters, “The Cloverfield Paradox” finally explains how the whole mess started and it’s a doozy. In fact, I would say it goes so far as to open up the universe to a wide range of stories happening in different time periods with varying types of monsters and sci-fi tropes.

Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, Aksel Hennie, Zhang Ziyi and Elizabeth Debicki; the film is filled to the brim with reliable Hollywood actors you will recognize – if not immediately remember their names. The special effects are top-notch and the story even has a good bit of heart to it. Mbatha-Raw carries much of the film and her choices are the most heart-wrenching of the characters, although the always fascinating Debicki nearly steals the spotlight.

There are a few things not to like, including bad, eye-rolling lines of dialogue, especially when Chris O’Dowd’s comic relief character opens his mouth. Zhang Ziyi never uttering a word of English felt like a pointless and lazy handicap in a film that requires the audience to focus in order to follow what’s going on. Also, there could have been a few more callbacks to the previous films like the alien ships from “10 Cloverfield Lane” which should have made an appearance. If fans are going to have a problem with this film, it will be that they wanted more aliens and more creatures. However, the unexpected terrors caused by the experiment were enough to satisfy me. There is a scene where Elizabeth Debicki’s character finally appears that is one of the most shocking and memorable OMG moments I’ve seen in a sci-fi film in quite awhile. Overall, the experience is fun, scary and thrilling with plenty of twists to keep you guessing.

While this unprecedented distribution decision might seem like a fluke, it could foretell a vast shift in the way Hollywood handles the films they don’t know how to market or have little confidence in once they are finished. Another film, Mike Flanigan’s well-made horror fantasy “Before I Wake”, was stuck on a shelf for nearly three years when Relativity Studios went bankrupt. Only weeks ago, it finally had its release on Netflix. I expect to see this happen more often, but in the case of “The Cloverfield Paradox”, there is a franchise to consider. Does this mean that Netflix will pick up the franchise and carry on with it or does ‘Cloverfield’ die with “Cloverfield: Overlord”, another feature film in the same universe that is (was?) scheduled to release in theaters this upcoming October. Supposedly that film will take place during World War II and will more likely contain the alien/creatures “Cloverfield” fans long to see. Will it release on Netflix as well? So many questions, but Cloverfield has always been steeped in mystery. If “The Cloverfield Paradox performs well on Netflix, the possibilities could be endless.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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