Communications are down, a severed arm is roaming the halls, and you’ve been zapped into another dimension, the quest for free energy comes at a steep price. The Cloverfield Paradox is the third film in the franchise that takes place on a space station orbiting Earth. The cast and visuals are lovely, but the story is slow paced.
Earth is suffering rolling blackouts due to a severe energy shortage. An international team, including Communications Officer Ava Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), is assembled to test a new device called The Shepard Accelerator in hopes of solving the global energy crisis.
Getting the device to work proves to be difficult and two years roll by with no results. During a test firing of the accelerator on day 694 something goes wrong and a power surge disables the station. Rushing to bring systems back online they discover Earth, along with a vital piece of equipment has vanished. Adding to their troubles the crew starts noticing strange things happening across the station.
The setup is interesting but as the movie progresses the story grinds to a halt. Too much time is spent with the cast running around the station doing very little of interest.
The strange and deadly phenomena really made for some interesting WTF moments. The best being a sentient severed arm that gets loose on the station. It’s a funny scene there to break the tension and added so much to the weird alternate dimension vibe.
Unfortunately, scenes like this are rare and we’re stuck with the crew going about their business just bumbling around. There really didn’t seem to be any sense of urgency until the latter half when catastrophic things start happening.
The Cloverfield Paradox is a sci-fi survival horror movie with an average story. The visuals are great and the phenomena encountered by the crew is interesting.