Last year, I was aware that there was a film under the title THE GOD PARTICLE floating around that supposedly was transformed to fit into the Cloverfield universe and it involved outer space but not much came of it. Then, there was that rumor that Netflix was buying it which was more exciting. I wouldn’t have to deal with pretentious geeks in the theater that scoff at every moment they find illogical.
Under the new title THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, the franchise continues as we follow a space crew to initiate a particle accelerator as Earth is now suffering from a global energy crisis. While promising, there are also skeptics that have become celebrities with their theories of the “Cloverfield Paradox,” which means the results of this operation could mean the opening of other dimensions where monsters could travel through. Of course, the theories are laughed at, but there’s nothing but dread as the crew find themselves in a space without Earth and strange occurrences begin on the ship. Not much more should be said of the plot as watching the events unfold is all part of the fun.
However, there’s not too much fun to be had here. This is a rather grim science fiction story that feels almost like Brit Marling was assigned to write a remake of Event Horizon. It all just feels too familiar even if the plot is a bit intriguing. The events taken in space remind us of many other famous science fiction films such as Alien and even Marling’s own Another Earth. Now, if you’ve seen Another Earth then you might know where I’m going with this and some of the themes PARADOX explores, mixing science fiction with human morale, but providing examples would spoil too much.
One thing I really liked about THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX is that we get to experience both what is going on in space and how those events affect what’s going on at home. All I’m going to say is things aren’t going too well on Earth after this experiment and I found these events to be far more interesting than what was going on out there. For those following the franchise, this will be an interesting topic of conversation. The film overall feels a bit out of place in the universe throughout tonally, but the ending will leave a smile on your face as it definitely made it all worth it for me.
THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD and includes over 25 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew, and more.