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The Cloverfield Paradox – Tell Them Not To Come Back!

Don’t bother trying to tie in all the theories that could be possible to make sense of the story overall. Your head is literally gonna start spinning from too much info overload.

Summary

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) is directed by Julius Onah and is the third installment in the Cloverfield series franchise.

It stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, John Ortiz, and Mark Acosta.

The film focuses on a group of scientists in a spaceship orbiting Earth on the verge of collapsing from major destructive energy crises.

These scientists test a dangerous device that could provide untold charges of power.

This tool on board their craft however has a risk of creating a frightening paradox of multiple dimensions colliding into each other.

It would essentially leave them in close proximity with a strange alternate dimension.

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures/Bad Robot Productions

Unclear Storytelling

Like I mentioned in the entry of this post, the ending basically left me feeling more confused than sure of what I just saw.

To be clear, I don’t have a problem with the thrilling aspect of the plot.

The trailer for this movie marketed itself as an intense Sci-Fi mystery. And that’s practically what I got from it.

The direction and progression of the story was handled well in my opinion.

What I mainly have a problem with is how it connects and ties itself together with the two previous Cloverfield films, or lack thereof.

I’m an avid fan of the 2008 Cloverfield monster movie. It’s one of my favorite found-footage films, along with Chronicle.

The narrative in this installment basically tries to portray itself as a prequel with the ending, attempting to sneakily tie in the scene at the ending as the catalyst for the first film in the franchise.

It just didn’t work for me, to be completely candid.

Throughout the acts, I found myself getting stressed out due to not being able to connect the dots from so much exposition not having coherence.

Also, it was incredibly disappointing to see the plot make few cross-references to the other films related to it.

From what I can remember, the only one I was able to notice was one in the beginning act where an author is mentioning the dangers of opening up a rift or ripple in the space-time continuum, and colliding multiple dimensions.

The effects of which are from mismanaging the power device the scientists are using to harness unlimited energy.

The only reference nod the plot made was putting the words “The Cloverfield Paradox” on the screen.

It was a complete let-down, to say the least, to discover that the storytelling and theory world of Cloverfield became muddled and convoluted from inconsistent and complicated plot development.

Ineffective Jokes

The screenplay that was put into the writing often times wasn’t successful in its attempts to be comedic.

A lot of the jokes that were added into the story felt forced and pushed in.

Besides that though, I was mildly interested in the Sci-Fi elements that were used to make the movie, as a whole, gripping.

It wasn’t the best dialogue that I saw between the characters however as, again, the one-liners they gave weren’t that really catchy and interesting.

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Quality Special Effects

In regards to the special effects and CGI, they were okay to watch.

Some of the scenes I will admittedly give praise to as they were executed with visuals containing noteworthy distinctiveness.

For example, one of the scientists ended up losing an arm from the consequences of particles of different dimensions competing with one another for space control.

The way the special effects of that arm appeared, and how it moved around, served to make it peculiarly cool to watch.

I also took an interest with how the Earth was portrayed and shown from the perspective of the crew members on board their spaceship.

It looked incredibly stunning and impressive how the blue planet seemed so real and naturalistic.

Many scenes that showcase the effects of being exposed to outer space also were included.

And I got to tell you, there was one specific moment involving Zhang Ziyi’s character that had me disturbed and unsettled to my core.

It truly is a frightening thing to wonder what would happen if a human body wasn’t protected in a spacesuit from the cold vacuum of a dark area devoid of life.

This is why I fearfully regretted the choice of watching Gravity in 2013.

Final Thoughts

Frankly, it wasn’t that bad.

This passed itself off more of as a Syfy channel kind of movie to be put on reruns every now and then.

Nevertheless, it still managed to keep me engaged with the overall thrills and intensity I felt from the occasional Whoa! moments.

If someone asked me If I’d watch it again though, I wouldn’t think twice about ditching it.

The ending only raised more questions than it answered, and became jumbled up with the whole Cloverfield universe.

The writing didn’t do much to intrigue me either as most of it lacked meaningful substance.

On a positive note, the practical effects were created really well. That’s about the only good thing I can say about it.

Everything else sadly becomes irrelevant and pointless to provide structure for any future possible installments.

If they do, the possibility of saying goodbye to the novelly-manufactured world of Cloverfield will unfortunately become highly likely.

FP Score – Ordinary

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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