In a Surprise Move Netflix adds The Cloverfield Paradox on a Sunday

Riding on the shirt tails of the Superbowl (whatever that is)

Whilst in America the Superbowl is a huge thing and everything to do with it is everywhere, we’re over here in the UK eating our Sunday Dinner and contemplating tomorrow. With no warning about The Cloverfield Paradox landing, it might as well have been a bowling ball dropped into quicksand. 

That being said, some of that Superbowl stuff filters over. Like Pink feeling ill, Keanu Reeves surfing on his motorbike and howling at the moon, Geoff Goldblum reuniting with Dinosaurs, and Stephen Tyler turning back time. And then, because my phone sometimes misinterprets my finger swipe, I saw a little Google highlight about The Cloverfield Paradox. And I thought to myself ‘wasn’t that going to be called The God Particle?’ Because, let’s face it, with no idea when the Superbowl took place I had no idea when it finished and when this long-anticipated movie would be available for viewing. Which was fine, because on Sunday I was still watching Altered Carbon.

The Cloverfield Paradox

Whilst orbiting a planet on the brink of war, a group of scientists test a device that they hope will solve an energy crisis. But they end up face to face with a dark alternate reality.

Starring  Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and the Beast, Concussion)David Oyelowo (A United Kingdom, Queen of Katwe)Daniel Brühl (Rush, Captain America: Civil War), John Ortiz (Kong: Skull Island, Silver Linings Playbook), and Chris O’Dowd (Moone Boy, Molly’s Game). 

The Cloverfield Paradox
via IMDb

The Cloverfield Paradox Review Conclusion

I probably won’t watch it again – Can anyone say The Strain? There was a lot that could have been taken straight out of other films. But that didn’t bug me so much as the arguing and minimal scientific explanation in the beginning sequences. You want me to believe these people are scientists and engineers? Well, show me they know what they’re talking about not just arguing like little kids about whose fault it is.

I loved that they were able to talk in any language and everyone understood. And when the ship seemingly came to life and sucked Chris O’Dowd’s character in, taking most of his arm. I’m not sure it was quite enough for them to question their reality – or, at least, it didn’t feel like enough. But then there were quite a few things that held no logic. I regularly found myself asking ‘why are they doing that?’ and I didn’t feel the stakes enough. Whilst I loved the new direction I just didn’t feel like it fulfilled its promise.

2.5 stars 

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