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Carr's Cinema Critiques: 'The Cloverfield Paradox'

February 12,2018 05:53

A lot of people agree that intense marketing campaigns and multiple trailers can sometimes spoil a movie. I too agree with this; however, I have really started to enjoy the art of trailers. It isn't the old “In a world…” type trailers any more, there ...and more »

Trey Carr, Staff Writer Published 3:42 p.m. ET Feb. 11, 2018

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A lot of people agree that intense marketing campaigns and multiple trailers can sometimes spoil a movie. I too agree with this; however, I have really started to enjoy the art of trailers.
It isn’t the old “In a world…” type trailers any more, there’s epic music, and interesting shots from the film that spark the viewers’ curiosity into seeing the movie. Depending on the movie, I sometimes choose to avoid the trailers. For instance, I completely avoided “The Last Jedi” trailers, so that I would enter the theater without any knowledge of what it was going to look like.
If you didn’t already know, the “Cloverfield” franchise films and develops their movies almost in secrecy. We didn’t even know there was going to be a third Cloverfield movie up until a few months ago and it had a working title of “God Particle.” It was then learned that it was shooting for an early 2018 release, but it wasn’t until last week’s Super Bowl that we learned it was going straight to Netflix for streaming and the title had been changed to “The Cloverfield Paradox.”
I was one of the few who really did not like the first “Cloverfield.” I for one cannot stand movies that are filmed like one of the characters is filming it; that whole shaky cam thing. Like honestly, if an alien invasion was happening there is no way people would film that much of it. Sure a few clips or pictures here and there, but these people were filming every little detail up until their final moments. It was dumb, I’m sorry. I feel the same way about “The Blair Witch Project.”
“10 Cloverfield Lane” however was awesome. Again, it did not have that much of a marketing campaign and it had maybe one trailer, but it was kept pretty heavily on the low down during production.
I really enjoyed going into “The Cloverfield Paradox” completely blind, but that is about all I enjoyed in the overall film. This movie serves as the explanation of the invasion we see during the original “Cloverfield” and the glimpse of it we get in “10 Cloverfield Lane.”
The film is about a group of scientists orbiting the Earth in a space station to test a device they think might solve the Earth’s energy crisis. However, when testing goes awry they discover they opened up a new and dark reality.
The plot was just not all that original. It was basically “Interstellar” mixed with “Pacific Rim.” It kept me interested and I was always wanting to know what happened next which is a good thing. I was never bored, but still I was not impressed.
I won’t spoil the movie, however there are some things I need to mention that could be seen as spoilers so if you still plan on seeing the movie and are wanting to go into it blind, then maybe come back here after you see it.
These so called “scientists” constantly make terrible choices that often lead to their death. Aren’t these people supposed to be smart? I mean come on, if you’re on a spacecraft for over two years with the same number of people the whole time and then you randomly start to hear screams coming from inside the wall, how in God’s name does opening it up sound like a good idea? It is the same concept in horror of don’t open the freaking closet.
There is also a scene where one of the characters sacrifices himself to save the crew by doing some super dramatic thing, but it could have totally been done without him dying, but this movie wants to go the dramatic way more than the realistic.
There is a scene near the beginning where an author describes what will happen during a Cloverfield Paradox, and how if it were to occur that alternate dimensions will open up and monsters and demons would arrive.
Why would this random dude know that monsters would come? What evidence did he have from alternate dimensions that suggest gargantuan monsters would just pop out of nowhere? There was so much lazy writing like this that made it frustrating to watch. 
The visuals of the movie were pretty cool, it gave it a good sci-fi feel to it. I also really liked the design of their ship. I am a huge fan of space ships that have an asymmetrical design kind of like the Millennium Falcon or a few of the ships from “Halo.” I’m not sure exactly why but it has always been visually pleasing to me.
The “Cloverfield” franchise is rumored to release another installment in October later this year. Producer JJ Abrams has revealed the working title to be “Overlord.” Again, all rumors, but it looks like this movie will take place during World War II and feature soldiers fighting supernatural forces due to a failed Nazi experiment.
I’m down, that sounds awesome to me I love that kind of stuff. Maybe it will explain why the author man in “Paradox” has all this evidence about interdimensional monsters and demons.
I’ll keep my hopes up for now, as disappointing as “Paradox” was, I know they have potential to make another good one.
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