I have been going through a bit of a Cloverfield binge, concluding with the new Netflix movie, The Cloverfield Paradox.
The good thing about all the Cloverfield movies is that they are all so different. And the connection between the movies is much more complex that three successive chapters in a story. It is even unclear as the chronological relationship between the the three movies.
Paradox revolves around experiments with a particle accelerator on a space station orbiting the Earth. This is no act of scientific curiosity. Earth is experiencing a serious energy crisis and is on the brink of war over the limited resources. The scientists on the station are attempting to create a sustainable source of energy with the particle accelerator.
They almost run out of fuel for the accelerator with every attempt being a failure… until it wasn’t. But the success of the accelerator may have created more problems than solutions. Nothing seems to be as it should be.
I won’t give any spoilers here, but I will say that they explore a number of theories popular in speculative science. Like the other movies, it is all about trying to sort through the clues and to discover what is really happening.
I would say that this movie, of all the Cloverfield movies, follows science fiction formulas. But that is not to say it is not good. I quite enjoyed the movie.
One of the interesting things about the Cloverfield movies is that the connections are not forced. There is a connection and like the previous movie, it is not until the very end that we find out what it is.
The Cloverfield Paradox was a good movie and I’m looking forward to the next installment.