The Cloverfield Paradox Reviews Roundup: What Are Critics Saying?

Netflix  Scott Garfield

Netflix Scott Garfield

Released on Netflix in the early hours of a Monday morning, the trailer having dropped during the Super Bowl halftime show earlier that night, this hot mess of a film looks to add key contextual details to the franchise canon, presumably in the hope that it will allow the series to run and run - rumour has it a fourth film, set during World War Two, has already been completed and is slated for release later in the year.

Sadly, when they do resurface at the film's conclusion, it's bittersweet.

Like I mentioned before, the movie races along in the beginning, then suddenly we're stuck in neutral at the top of a hill.

"After the initial excitement dies down, you'll see that Julius Onah's The Cloverfield Paradox is a tepid, predictable, and largely uninteresting sci-fi film where dumb characters do dumb things and bad things happen because the script needs them to".

The Cloverfield Paradox is basically every space shuttle-based disaster film smashed together.

Critics are calling it a "trainwreck", and it has a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Well, one of those rumours turned out to be true. We also see from news footage with scientist Mark Stambler (Donal Logue) cautioning that the work being done on Cloverfield Station could rip apart space-time and cause monsters, demons, and other bad things to come into our universe. The movie I kept thinking of is Danny Boyle's Sunshine, but I'm sure there are others you can compare. Oh, and the trailer claims that the new film will answer some questions regarding the mysteriousness of the original Cloverfield movies!

As of time of writing, there are only 39 reviews counted so far. It's the ideal way Netflix can insert themselves into the mainstream entertainment conversation.

Given Netflix credit where it's due: Launching the film in this fashion made its arrival feel like an event, instead of an afterthought.

What do you think of The Cloverfield Paradox's trailer?

"In the tacked-on opening scene, Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Hamilton and her husband (Roger Davies) baldly outline the film's premise while waiting in a snaking, 1970s-style line for gas", the review continues. It's mostly about a crew of astronauts trying to build some contraption that'll solve the Earth's energy crisis.

Not everyone was disappointed by the film. The first movie, which was produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by War For The Planet Of The Apes' Matt Reeves (who's now working on the Batman movie), was a resounding hit and we then got 10 Cloverfield Lane that we didn't even know was connected to Cloverfield until the trailer hit. "Meanwhile, the film's references are loving and well thought out, while the original direction and diverse cast keep you from ever feeling like you're watching something that's been done before".

The Cloverfield Paradox is a prequel to 2008 monster movie Cloverfield, and the third Cloverfield movie to date.

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