It isn’t surprising that Julius Onah’s The Cloverfield Paradox is not a good film. However, it turned out even worse than what I could have ever imagined. Cloverfield Paradox is a mind-numbingly boring, generic, and horribly shot movie that doesn’t know what story it wants to tell and what type of movie it wants to be.
The cinematography in this movie is all medium shots and close-ups. It is about as generic as cinematography can come from a science fiction film. Even the visual style is uninspired. Passengers (2016) and Life (2017), two other forgettable sci-fi movies that came out recently. Even Alien: Covenant (2017) looked bland from the aspect of set design. All of these movies seem to just take screens and make them have all types of different things on them and things purposefully look slick and polished. The editing does not help matters and neither does the poor foley in certain scenes. I specifically am talking about includes the worst gunshot noise I have ever heard in a film a top of the nearly nonexistent and lazy editing.
“Well, we found the worms” is just a little taste of the disgraceful dialogue that is in this movie. The plot is predictable. If they were aiming for a “scary” and “mysterious” movie then they should have tried to take out all the cliches before doing so. There was so many times in which I sighed due to the amount of reused plot points. Also if the film was not dull enough it is predictable as well.
The most disappointing thing about The Cloverfield Paradox is that Netflix had a chance to show the other big studios that they too could also release their films on there streaming service. Unfortunately, all Netflix was to Paramount in this was a dumping ground for a movie that the studio executives were afraid to release in cinemas; and if Netflix doesn’t raise their standards on what content they will purchase than I fear that other studios will use them for the same reason.