The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Mini Film Review

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Mini Film Review

Well, this film came out of nowhere, releasing on Netflix the same day as the release of its trailer. Now I know that a lot of fans are actually reacting negatively to it due to it not syncing up with any of the other films but I’m just going to judge it as an Individual film. This is a thriller set in space, it ain’t the first of its genre and it certainly won’t be the last.

 

Premise

This film serves as the spiritual sequel to the past Cloverfield film franchise and aims to answer some of the questions that has been left unanswered. In the near distant future, a new technology has allowed time travel and some of the crews in the space station encountered something else that is claiming their lives. Could they survive and peek upon the truth that links to the past films?

Screen Shot The Cloverfield Paradox

The beginning and also the ending of everything

 

Review

Plot-wise, I agree that it doesn’t all connect that well. Some parts don’t quite make sense, especially on first viewing. Perhaps there are things we’re not noticing yet. Perhaps not. There are plot holes and some things happen with close to no explanation besides “complicated quantum physics theory” and we’re just supposed to take it as is. It’s akin to magic. So no, it’s not the most realistic of sci-fi films… But is it a fun, thrill ride? I would say that I did actually enjoy myself and the story is Interesting enough to grip me and I actually loved the premise a lot. The trailer actually hooked me quite a bit so you can watch that and decide whether to watch it or not.

We also have an excellent cast on hand and the film was very well acted. The lead character Hamilton, in particular, was a standout during some intense and emotional scenes. The only weird thing I found was that Zhang Ziyi spoke Chinese only while everyone understood and replied to her for the most part in English. Was it a conscious decision? Or was her English not up to standard? I believe that she does have a passable command of the language and idk, it just felt weird as not everyone on the crew understands Chinese and only 2 or 3 Could speak it.

The set design was amazing and the visual effects were pretty well done especially for the scenes on the space station. I did feel like some of the effects of the scenes on earth were not very good.

Overall it’s a passable stuck-in-space thriller with a unique premise which I loved. However, I felt the story could have definitely been better handled and of course it really just gives us more questions than answers so perhaps the marketing was mishandled for the film.

 

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Mini Film Review
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What's good
Interesting premise
Rather well-paced
Great set-design and CGI quality
Well acted characters
What's bad
Lots of sci-fi thriller cliches
Sci-fi aspect not that realistic
Creates more questions than answers about the cloverfield-verse
3.5
Pretty Good!
A flawed sequel but still enjoyable
It does well as a standalone film, just that it is marred by lots of cliches and also does quite badly as a sequel. This film will raise more questions than providing answers for the fans.

 

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