Ways The Cloverfield Paradox Connects the Cloverfield Movies

The staple machine of science fiction is the mechanical star of The Cloverfield Paradox, the next piece of J.J. Abrams' reality-bending puzzle released on Netflix immediately following the Super Bowl Sunday night. When was the last time you watched a movie on the very same day the trailer was first released?

DuVernay then confirmed the news on her Twitter feed. Unfortunately, the surprise release is the most exciting thing about The Cloverfield Paradox, which fails to live up to the gimmick through which it was announced.

The out-of-the-blue announcement generated lots of buzz during the game, but as soon as critics started watching, they found the actual film to be a mess. It's a movie that's not particularly scary, interesting, or deep, but it does have good actors performing admirably ... the movie is nowhere near as good as the original Cloverfield or 10 Cloverfield Lane. The Cloverfield Paradox, originally titled God Particle (and also rumored to be titled Cloverfield Station), is directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Julius Onah, making his second feature film following The Girl Is in Trouble in 2015.

Minor spoilers for The Cloverfield Paradox below!

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The third Cloverfield movie in the franchise follows 2008's Cloverfield and 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The verdicts were so bad that the film went up with a 0% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The middle act of The Cloverfield Paradox is great, nail-biting horror; as the crew grapples with their circumstances, the tension inches close to that of Alien.

It stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris O'Dowd, David Oyelowo and Ziyi Zhang. Just a couple hours later, the J.J. Abrams-produced movie dropped on Netflix's streaming service in an unheard of marketing move. If this was a test run for this kind of release, it definitely worked, and we have to assume Netflix will do this again when the time is right. Paramount had long wondered how to market this film, and feared the end product seemed more like a "Syfy channel pilot", said a source close to the movie, and not something designed for theatrical release. Check out 6 Ways The Cloverfield Paradox Connects the Cloverfield Movies in the gallery below and, of course *SPOILERS BEWARE*!

  • Carlos Nash