Movie Review: ‘Cloverfield Paradox’

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Last weekend, while everyone was screaming at their TVs during the Super Bowl, I was anxiously awaiting for something “Cloverfield” related. Finally, Netflix dropped a huge bomb during the trailer for “The Cloverfield Paradox,” declaring the film would be available “after the game.” This was probably the most exciting thing to ever happen at the Super Bowl for me.

Back to the film, though, “The Cloverfield Paradox” is directed by Julius Onah (”The Girl Is In Trouble”) and tells the story of the crew aboard a starship as they try to solve a energy crisis, while simultaneously fending off something even more sinister.

Thanks to the great marketing, I went into this film with a smile on my face — and finished it with said smile still there. While “Paradox” isn’t a “great” film (or even a “good” sci-fi film), it is still a very pleasing entry in this “Twilight Zone”-like film series.

One of the best pieces of this film is how it seems to navigate the Cloverfield universe. While this film does give some answers, it still keeps you hooked in as it catapults you into a seemingly endless loophole of otherworldly dimensions and confusing twists.

Another one of the pieces that works really well is its use of the space and Earth inter cutting. During certain sequences, the filmmakers intentionally cut between space and Earth in order to show both of their struggles at the present time, which was interesting to say the least.

I definitely can see why people think this film falls short, though, considering how grand the other films were. Both “Cloverfield” and “10 Cloverfield Lane” had a sense of scariness to them, that no one was safe. This film doesn’t achieve that narrative, unfortunately.

Overall, “The Cloverfield Paradox” is the weakest link in the franchise, but still is good enough to warrant a watch for fans of the series. I am going to give it a Bon the ATTRS (A Teen’s Take Rating Scale).

Jordan is a student at Triton High School. He is an aspiring reviewer.

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