The Cloverfield Paradox – review

In 2028  the answer to a worldwide an energy crisis on earth is a huge particle  accelerator on a space station. But when it is fired up, wouldn’t you guess it, it all goes a bit wrong, maybe even resulting in destroying space and time as we know it. And, what exactly does that have to do with Cloverfield?

As I unexpectedly enjoyed the previous entry in the Cloverfield franchise, 10 Cloverfield Lane, the then untitled Cloverfield 3, took a spot on the Most Anticipated 2018 list. While the movie has used some very clever marketing, the film itself is a bit of a turkey.

Lets start with the good. Featuring an international cast of good quality, the always underrated Gugu Mbatha-Raw works hard with what they are given, to inject a little bit of emotion into a film lacking in life.  The other standout is Elizabeth Debicki, mainly because she is so very tall and blonde, like Gwendoline Christie but can act. No wonder they painted her gold and made her sit down in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, she is distractingly tall.

The Cloverfield Paradox is massively derivative of every other ‘stranded in a space station’ movie you have ever seen. Perilous space walk, self sacrificing captain, personalised uniforms, nice corridors, is the ship possessed, has space made you crazy or what, yes Cloverfield Paradox features all of these cliches and I feel more generous than other reviews by putting these factors in the okay section.  These genre cliches I actually enjoy, but they have been done better in other movies you have already seen.

The bad, the majority of ‘stuff that happens’ is just stuff that happens because it will look cool, it has no meaning, adds to understanding to the time travel aspects, it is just a set piece to look good.  It doesn’t add anything to the Cloverfield mythology, well nothing that makes sense. Just a bunch of events that don’t make chronological sense.

I also found it quite irritating that the only Chinese member of the crew was the only one speaking their native language. Despite everyone understanding her and responding in English. It was irrational, irritating and that one had nothing to do with time travel.

Does this film even contain a paradox at all?

The marketing was very clever,  full movie released on Netflix at the same time as the Superbowl trailer. Everyone was talking about it and had to watch it straight away, so a lot of people watched it quickly, at the same time before the inevitable negative reviews come in. This wouldn’t have happened if it had a full theatrical release.

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