Minor spoilers for The Cloverfield Paradox below!
You really have to hand it to Cloverfield - with each new film that joins the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi series, we're consistently left with our jaws on the floor.
The first entry into the series, 2008's Cloverfield, is your standard found footage monster movie, while its sequel, 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane, is a tense isolation thriller than only connects to its predecessor in the final moments. The Cloverfield Paradox, which is now streaming on Netflix and was announced during the Super Bowl only hours before its release, is also a part of this universe; rather than taking the story another step forward, however, the Julius Onah-directed addition to the franchise rewinds the clock and throws us yet another tonal curve ball.
Rather than a low-tech found footage affair or a claustrophobic cat and mouse game, this is a full-on deep space thriller akin to Alien or the recent Life. Most of the magnetic cast - which includes Daniel BrÃ¼hl, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, David Oyelowo, and more - play a team of scientists aboard an international space station. With a devastating energy crisis threatening to throw the Earth into chaos, the team is attempting to experiment with a particle accelerator up in space in order to find a new source of renewable energy and save the planet. The story shifts between Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Ava Hamilton, a communications specialist on the ship, and her husband Michael (Roger Davies), a doctor who stayed behind.