THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX (2018)


A funny thing happened on the way to April and the rumored release of this film to theaters: suddenly, during the Super Bowl, a Netflix spot announced that the film was streaming RIGHT NOW on the service!  I couldn’t believe it – and couldn’t wait to see it!  So the next night, I watched – and understood why Paramount sold the film to Netflix for a cool $50 million.  So they wouldn’t have to spend untold millions of dollars on promoting a film that was a mess!  The film is set in space aboard a space station running a particle generator (aboard  “Cloverfield Station”) in order to solve a crushing energy crisis on earth that could lead to the end of days.  It’s run by an international cast of astronauts and scientists (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl, Chris O'Dowd, and Zhang Ziyi) but strange things start to happen as they desperately try to get the collider to succeed.,  Eventually, they find a woman embedded within one of the walls of the ship, and when they free her, she says she’s from the Cloverfield.  Yet she isn’t.  Parallel universes?  Yep - their Cloverfield has somehow ended up in orbit around a different earth, one with even worse problems then theirs.  Premise is good, but the story goes from promising to beng a muddled, convoluted mess!  You’ll have a tough time following the plot and figuring out the motivations of several characters.  It borrows heavily from Alien, and there’s almost a chest-buster scene.  I’ll let you find the connections to the other Cloverfield movies – the final scene is the most obvious one – but The Cloverfield Paradox is tough sledding, regretfully.