THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX (15)
D: Julius Onah
Netflix / Paramount / Bad Robot (J.J. Abrams & Lindsey Weber)
US 🇺🇸 2018
W: Oren Uziel & Doug Jung
DP: Dan Mindel
Ed: Alan Baumgarten, Matt Evans & Rebecca Valente
Mus: Bear McCreary
Guga Mbatha-Raw (Ava Hamilton), David Oyelowo (Jason Kiel), Daniel Brühl (Ernst Schmidt), John Ortiz (Monk Acosta), Chris O’Dowd (Gordon Mundy), Zhang Ziyi (Ling Tam), Elizabeth Debicki (Mina Jensen)
The Cloverfield Paradox feels like a pilot for a television show than it does an actual movie. The original shooting title was “God Particle”, but the title was changed at the eleventh hour in an attempt to tie it in with the films Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Release on streaming service Netflix, the film benefitted healthily from dropping a trailer during the adverts of the 2018 Superbowl causing a lot of interest, but aside from a clever advertising strategy, this film is a complete mess that has absolutely nothing to do with the aforementioned movies.
The plot follows a group of astronauts aboard an Earth-orbiting space station who inadvertently create an alternate reality and a threat of the two separate realities merging. In a nutshell, it’s The Final Countdown (qv) in space, but quite poorly done.
The cast is full of talented performers, but they’re all left stranded here due to poor character development and clunky dialogue.
Producer J.J. Abrams has said since this film’s release that there will be a fourth film in the Cloverfield series to explain how they’re all connected, but I’m really hoping that he doesn’t bother.