ALERT NETFLIX DECIDED TO KILL US ALL BY JUST THROWING A NEW CLOVERFIELD MOVIE AT US OUT OF NOWHERE!
Just a little personal background before I get into things, I haven’t actually ever seen the original Cloverfield… (I should get on that…) but I really love Ten Cloverfield Lane so of course I was going to check out The Cloverfield Paradox the moment it was released on Netflix! And here we are 😊
Let me begin by saying that The Cloverfield Paradox was an enjoyable enough movie, with some great moments, but was overall a bit messy. There were many things that I wished I could’ve seen more of, and other things I wished were done differently. My favorite parts were the feelings of suspense and dread that were present throughout many different scenes. The movie was at its best when it was bordering on horror with scenes such as anything to do with Russian Dude, and when they found Blonde Girl (ya know I was just using those as placeholders and put their names in later, but I remember so little of these characters besides these specific scenes that I’m just gonna refer to them as Russian Dude and Blonde Girl). Both of these scenes were heart pounding and I thought they were really well done. With that said, I felt some of the tension was lessened when a certain thing happened that could’ve been played more for horror but almost leaned closer to comedy. After this, I felt the horror elements lessen, or at least I didn’t find myself worrying as much about what was going to happen.
The Plot: This is a fairly standard SCIFI plot. The explanation to a common mystery throughout the movie isn’t anything that you haven’t seen before, and I guessed what was happening very early on. Is this standard plot a bad thing? No, because what really matters is what the movie does with the plot and its characters. What The Cloverfield Paradox does with its plot is serviceable, and nothing too out of the ordinary (until the ending when I’m not sure how much I believe certain things, but that’s for the spoiler section 😊)
Well, if the plot is serviceable, but nothing too special, what about the characters? Eh, the main character was good. The main character was the only one who really got a lot of character development and I felt like I knew her. Everyone else was there, but I couldn’t tell you anything about them. This just leads to apathy when these characters start dying. Obvious, I wouldn’t want to see any of these characters die, but it doesn’t leave the same impact as if these were actually well-developed characters that I knew who were in trouble.
Should you check out The Cloverfield Paradox? Eh. If you’re curious or liked the other Cloverfield movies, then yeah why not. But this is not something to create a Netflix account to see. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, and nothing worth going out of your way to see. If you find yourself curious on a lonely Friday night, then this isn’t the worst way to spend your time, but it’s not the best either.
Okie Dokie! So I mentioned above the reveal isn’t anything too special or mind-blowing (especially if you were paying attention at the beginning of the movie) and yeah I guessed the whole multidimension thing really early on. When it was revealed to be a multidimension issue, I was never surprised, it just confirmed what I suspected from the beginning. The somewhat interesting thing that comes from this multidimension reveal, is the question of if each movie takes place in their own dimension? Or maybe Ten Cloverfield Lane takes place in a particular dimension, while the other two take place in a different one? These are questions that might never really get answered, but I hope they do.
The other spoilery thing I wanted to talk about is my crumbling suspension of disbelief towards the end of the film. I just find it hard to believe that this ship could go through an EXPLOSION, and multiple air lock breaches, yet the particle accelerator still works perfectly fine? Umm, I’m not a scientist but I don’t really buy that.