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Cloverfield Paradox Review and Franchise Info
Quick Film Info
Title: It's working title was Cloverfield Station. Also known as Cloverfield Movie, God Particle and had a fake working title 'Clean Pass.'
Director: Julius Onah
Oren Uziel— Wrote for the Mortal Kombat TV series and has a movie for it in his upcoming credits. Also responsible for 22 Jump Street (2014) and Shimmer Lake (2017.)
Doug Jung— Wrote 2 episodes for Banshee and the 2016 Star Trek: Beyond.
Genre: Sci-Fi with a slap of horror.
Budget: $26 million.
Release: 4th and 5th of February, 2018 in most countries.
The Cloverfield Paradox Trailer
(2018) The Cloverfield Paradox Review
I absolutely got caught up in the hype over this release. More so, being released to a platform like Netflix making it very accessible. Other films in the franchise underwent just as much cloak and dagger treatment as this installment did. The first trailer shown during the Super Bowl LII was the same night it was available for viewers.
Initially what I saw in the movie forums was love and adoring praise for Paradox and I went into it with gusto. Within the first 15 minutes my enthusiasm was already waning. This movie is sloppy.The characters were a mash of incoherence that I guess comes from working on a failing particle accelerator for over two years, but was annoying non-the-less. Punches are haphazardly thrown over stupid things. Does anyone know any first-aid procedures because I am unsure staring is among them?
While I wanted to appreciate Mundy's (Chris O'Dowd) comedic banter, it seemed to wear thin quickly. I may have smiled but I didn't laugh. Volkov (Aksel Hennie) makes a gun out of a 3D printer but everyone is completely baffled by its appearance on the ship. Does anyone know what the machines on the craft do? Mundy seems pretty handy with a futuristic filler gun to mend the broken panels yet everyone is totally bewildered when a weapon is produced on board using other fancy tech.
I began to draw comparisons to 'Life' 2017 where somehow space travel requires brain function at a minimum. And while I love the myriad of homages for things like Evil Dead II, Another Earth, Alien and alternative universes, I was unable to get past the dialogue and face-palm-inducing acting from some of the cast. I liked Life though. Don’t hate me, but I do.
I really did like the alternate universe sub-plot. I wish there had been some play with that, rather that just a warning they shouldn't do it And some video-images, None of them really know the rules so how would they really know whether or not it would have actually been a terrible mistake?
My last gripe is Jensen (Elizabeth Debecki.) I think wondering what was her deal, lasted a full 35 seconds. Was she grateful she'd been saved from within the electrical circuitry? No! She threw enough shade at everyone, the ship should have been in total darkness. Even when she hugged Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) she seemed suspicious. Maybe she has a case of resting-suspicious-face, but she may as well have worn a mustache and seen off-camera giving an evil chuckle.
J.J. Abrams has produced the Cloverfield series and I am left wondering what his end game is now. I guess 2 out of 3 that went well isn't much to complain about. There is still hope the 4th installment will redeem itself.
I can only hope.
I give The Cloverfield Paradox 2.5 larger monsters in Paradox out of 5.
The Franchise Rundown
Recap: Found footage style, for those that enjoy the technique, this could be deemed the best of the series. The camcorder tape originally had video of a couple, Rob and Beth. The film alternates between events that happened on May 22 during a farewell party for Rob and images of the couples last day together. Running, screaming and lots of action.
Director: Matt Reeves, listed as executive producer of Paradox, is famed for Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.
Writer: Drew Goddard best known for The Cabin in the Woods and the World War Z screenplays as weel as the upcoming Deadpool sequel.
Budget: $25 million.
(2016) 10 Cloverfield Lane
Recap: A news announcement tells of city-wide blackouts as Michelle breaks up with her fiancé. After a car accident, she awakens in concrete room which is actually a bunker owned by Howard. Howard relates there has been an attack, possibly by martians, Russians or North Koreans. He has saved her from the nuclear chemical fallout and poisoned air outside. The twist in this is great, I don’t care what anyone says.
Director: Dan Trachtenberg.
Writers: Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken wrote the original story with the screenplay. Damien Chazelle is listed in screenplay credits and is responsible for writing for La La Land.
Budget: $15 million.
Due for release in October, 2018 will be the 4th installment set in World War II. It's cited as supernatural horror.
Official Wiki Plot
In 1944, two American paratroopers shot down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion discover that the Nazis are using supernatural forces against them.
Whether or not people will be overly excited that the guy who remade Martyrs (2015,) Marc L. Smith will remain to be seen. Billy Ray wrote the screen play for The Hunger Games (2012.)
How this will tie in is anyone's guess.
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