'Cloverfield Paradox': What the Critics Are Saying

Posted February 08, 2018

"The Cloverfield Paradox" is now streaming on Netflix.

A fourth Cloverfield film is already on the way, but IndieWire's David Ehrlich wonders if the brand - "until yesterday a magic word capable of stirring excitement out of nothing - is now tainted beyond recognition".

This is a surprise, since the other two movies in the franchise were well-received by critics, especially 2016's "10 Cloverfield Lane".

It was a trifecta of entertainment last night: First came the Super Bowl, and then the battle between the highly anticipated episode of This Is Us and the premiere of a movie that no one saw coming.

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Essentially, the crew members of the Cloverfield International Space station inadvertently open up a portal between dimensions that unleashes the monster from the original movie onto the planet.

Io9's Germain Lussier praises the film's cast as well as its setup, but finds other elements falling short, writing, "From nearly the first moment of the film, however, it's obvious the world of the movie and the movie itself share something in common: They both lack energy". Basically, what Stambler predicted came true: the particle accelerator that launched the station to another dimension caused a rip in space-time, and that the Cloverfield monster came from another dimension. And that's probably as good of an answer we'll get in this franchise. All that time he's been in contact with Joe (Greg Grunberg), a communications officer for the Cloverfield team, to learn whether Ava and the space station have reappeared. And then 10 Cloverfield Lane is just a thing that's happening after or during the events of Cloverfield. But overall it's an ungainly, ill-conceived mess - the kind that likely would have crashed and burned at the box office had Paramount, which is behind the J.J. Abrams-produced movie, proceeded with plans for a theatrical release this spring.

Collider: "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". These scenes were added nearly entirely during reshoots meant to shore up the runtime and the initial perceived failures of God Particle's runtime and story (hint: Anything set on Earth is from these), but mainly resemble a flailing producer's attempt to drive interest to the film by flinging whatever stupid fanservice is needed to get the nerds at r/cloververse worked up into a frenzy.

This leads to an unintentionally hilarious final shot where the Cloverfield monster just comes out of nowhere. But because it's shoehorned into the story, it doesn't get that great build that Matt Reeves worked to in the original Cloverfield. Indeed, all it reveals is that in spite of mystery surrounding this franchise, there just isn't enough intrigue within the actual narrative to competently hold either your attention, or that of the cast; all of whom appear desperate to be free of this stratospheric bore.

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