Introducing the third Cloverfield film, which is a new story set in the same “Cloverfield Universe”. I must confess I was rather excited once I heard about the unexpected announcement from Netflix that both the trailer and the actual full feature instalment would appear on Netflix- no one saw it coming.
While earth is at the edge of war, a group of skilled scientists go to space to test a new device in order to try and solve an energy crisis. Needless to say, the crew soon discover a new dark and creepy alternate reality.
Cloverfield Paradox looks colourful and sounds amazing. I enjoyed how the film is more focused on a sci-fi aspect (most of the film’s duration occurs on a space ship), but also took risks within the film’s plots and with its characters. While everything about the ‘Cloverfield world’ is enjoyable, the movie’s overall plot and story feels rather messy and somewhat lazy. Without going into spoilers, Cloverfield Paradox tries to answer the burning questions we’ve all had from the last two films, but in doing so… it raises even more questions! In fact, the film raised so many questions that as the credits rolled, it left me feeling rather confused. For Cloverfield fans, this can also feel rather annoying after there was so much hype and excitement from the film’s announcement.
Our characters are wasted. While many actors will seem familiar from other films, the dialogue and writing that surrounds them feel rather messy and at times, cheesy. Even while characters are suffering, the film seems to pick or choose when our leads are sad, or whether they instead make a joke which falls flat. The characters are never constant and because of that, they also become predictable.
Overall, Cloverfield Paradox had so much hype and excited but its end results are disappointing, particularly personally as a fan of the franchise. The plot and story affect the positive feelings for the previous instalments and the film has many disappointing character moments. The film could have been so much more. Instead, the film will leave many confused and possibly annoyed. This third instalment is easily the weakest out of the three.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden