The Cloverfield Paradox                  review by Bobby Blakey

In 2008 Cloverfield came out of nowhere to become a surprise hit. The film took the found footage approach to an alien invasion and found an audience with ease. There had been talk for quite a while of a sequel and in 2016 it finally happened with 10 Cloverfield Lane that took a completely different approach to the story for this world. There was talk for another chapter called God Particle, but little had been heard about it until the trailer not only debuted during the 2018 Super Bowl, but it was announced that it was hitting Netflix that same night. Now the third chapter of the franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox has been unleashed on the world, but is it worthy of the invasion or should will it get lost in space?

The Cloverfield Paradox follows the astronauts of aboard  a space station that find themselves isolated after a scientific experiment aboard the space station involving a particle accelerator has unexpected results leaving them to fight for survival. This next chapter, that actually plays up as a prequel to the previous films stars Daniel Bruhl, David Oyelowo, Chris O’Dowd, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, John Ortiz, Elizabeth Debicki and Roger Davies who all do a great job with their roles. Once again this film goes in a completely different direction than the first two films keeping the story fresh and while it does work I don’t think it quite lives up to the first two chapters. That doesn’t make it any less of a great movie, just that it is something all its own.

There are some callbacks to other sci-fi films that some might think it rips off from, but at this point that could be said for just about anything. The story here keeps you guessing at every turn with some creative directions and use of the paradox. There is just enough of the Earth bound stuff to remind you to what it has all led to and reminds you that  you are watching a Cloverfield movie in a similar way the last entry did. As the ending of the film came I was curious to see what it was going to lead too and was happy that they didn’t try to set up some Hollywood ending and instead allowed it to do something cool that not only ended it in the best possible way, but also in a way that makes sense.

I am interested to see what people think as I think this one could throw some just due to it being so different, but I for one loved it and look forward to checking it out again soon. There has already been talks of a fourth entry and I hope they continue the trend of each being its own thing while still inhabiting the same world.

 

In addition to the film this release includes bonus content including featurettes that take you behind bringing this latest chapter to life. Head into space to see what unleashed everything when The Cloverfield Paradox when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on February 5th from Paramount Home Entertainment. 

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