The Cloverfield Franchise Has Lost Sight of What Made It Great in the First Place

On Super Bowl Sunday, Netflix surprised us all by announcing The Cloverfield Paradox (aka the third Cloverfield film), and then releasing it mere hours later. No marketing, no fuss, no far-off premiere date. Just like the horrifying monster that appeared in NYC in 2008, The Cloverfield Paradox was suddenly here. Thus, fans of the franchise were plunged into a new world.

In the newest film, we travel far away from Earth to an orbiting international space station. With a star-studded cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Brühl, David Oyelowo, Chris O'Dowd, and more, we watch as this group of brilliant astronauts tries to save the Earth from a power crisis that may threaten the human race's very existence. Wondering how the film compares to the first two? Here's the bottom line: The Cloverfield Paradox does not feel like a Cloverfield film. In fact, it feels like the Cloverfield namesake was tacked on as an afterthought, and perhaps as a last-ditch effort to draw in viewers. So, if you consider the film in its own right, outside of the franchise, you have a confused and aimless mess.

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