Release Date: February 4, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox is the third entry into the Cloverfield franchise, but in case you haven’t seen the others, don’t worry because none of them really have anything to do with each other. This film takes place in the relative near future where an energy crisis has a grip on the world and astronauts from all over the world are on a space station working on a particle accelerator in an effort to solve the energy problem. An accident sends them to a parallel universe and they must try to get back.
This film really wants to be Alien, but doesn’t even come close. While there isn’t a creature, there is an unknown entity causing havoc and trying to kill people. While there is a bit of tension, it doesn’t last long and isn’t that intense. Then for reasons unknown the film pivots part way through and starts having comedic moments. When I saw Chris O’Dowd was in it, I was excited because I would get to see him in something serious, but the IT Crowd actor didn’t really get that chance as he was just used as the comedic fodder. It isn’t that he wasn’t funny as he seemed like he did the best he could with what they gave him, but what they gave him was pretty terrible. Lots of horror movies use comedy to break the tension, but this movie didn’t pull it off well. What I find weird is this is the guy who wrote 22 Jump Street which I found decently funny. Perhaps he just couldn’t mix the two. He is attached to the new Mortal Kombat which concerns me after seeing this.