There seems to be a complete lack of understanding of what makes films such as Alien so appealing
Becoming part of the Cloverfield franchise gave The Cloverfield Paradox (originally known as The God Particle) a real boost in its marketability. With a strong production team, a well-rounded and prominent cast and that keyword ‘Cloverfield’ behind it, the film had a great chance to impress and build upon an already well-respected series. But when a film with such pressure on its shoulders faulters in the way The Cloverfield Paradox does, there is very little that can be done to stop the downhill motion from gaining even more speed.
Set out to save the Earth from a devastating energy crisis, a group of international calibre astronauts attempt multiple experiments looking for a solution to the world’s energy problems. Yet when they finally seem to be receiving some positive results, things turn sour very quickly, topped off by the complete and utter disappearance of the Earth from their line of sight.
Attempting to visualise a complicated plot whilst holding suspense with a weak script, The Cloverfield Paradox doesn’t do any of the basics expected of a modern day sci-fi thriller, especially for one set on a spaceship. Undoubtedly some of that intrigue was lost in its transfer from the big screen to a Netflix release, but saying that suggests there was a strong grasp on its style when it left the final stages of production. There seems to be a complete lack of understanding of what makes films such as Alien so appealing. Last year’s Life understood where the fear comes from in an isolated location, and its monster played heavily on that idea. The Cloverfield Paradox has none of that.
It is a weak installment to a previously loved franchise and shows why some people are so against the work of JJ Abrams. It’s essentially very boring and offers nothing to a genre that is absolutely thriving in the current cinematic market.