Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Brühl and David Oyelowo

Directed by: Julius Onah

As the Earth is rapidly running out of its natural resources an energy crisis threatens to plunge the world into war and a dark age of turmoil and suffering. The last remaining hope is heaped upon a small screw of scientists who will try and use the highly experimental Shepherd particle accelerator which could either save or destroy humanity.

The third movie to be a part of the Cloverfield world following Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). This movie for me doesn’t quite fit in with the other two for one simple reason; it’s way too generic. The plot is something we’ve seen numerous times before in any sci-fi disaster movie where the world is in danger so scientists are sent to space in a bid to help save what’s left of humanity before everything turns to chaos. The predecessors to The Cloverfield Paradox offered unanswered questions and mystique to go along with the high intensity and terror within the characters where The Cloverfield Paradox struggles to be as intriguing or engaging.

As the movie progresses and the characters are each put into danger I found myself having very little connection with them so naturally didn’t care if they lived or died. If the characters were written better or the script was more engaging then The Cloverfield Paradox could’ve made for a wonderful addition to an already quality group of movies.

Despite these problems I will say the acting for the most part was decent as a very good ensemble did the best they could with what they were given. Rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw and funnyman Chris O’Dowd were the standouts within a small group of talented performers. Also, I can’t take anything away from the visuals and the CGI, both were incredibly done and really gave The Cloverfield Paradox a touch of quality to the otherwise mediocre story. The concept of dimensional space travel was a major part of the movie and I think this aspect of the film was done superbly well as it’s quite a difficult subject to combat and get right but I feel The Cloverfield Paradox did a fine job of tackling such a topic.

All in all I did like The Cloverfield Paradox although it’s definitely the weakest in the series of movies so far. With better script writing and character development this movie could’ve been so much more than what it turned out to be.

6/10

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