Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 21% (Critics) / 58% (Audience)
MetaScore: 36 – Generally unfavorable reviews
Directed By: Julius Onah
Written By: Oren Uziel
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl
The assembled cast for THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX is so good (I was especially excited to see Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Ripley mode) and I do give the folks behind this franchise credit for going in new directions with each installment as the original CLOVERFIELD was found footage horror and 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE was a very personal and claustrophobic psychological thriller for the most part while THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX went more for straight science fiction.
While the cast was good the movie did nothing with them (especially a severely under-utilized David Oyelowo in a completely thankless role) and switching up the genre of each subsequent film in the series may be a cute little gimmick but if the execution is so shoddy then what is the point? There seemed to be no cohesion in this movie and instead just a lot of what the people behind the scenes probably thought were cool ideas but very little focus.
There were moments where I thought the film was going to go down similar sci-fi/horror roads as EVENT HORIZON but then it would quickly fizzle away. Then it would look like maybe we were going to get some ALIEN style “monster on a space station” thrills and that would immediately be dashed in favor of more of the banal goings on that the movie ultimately ended up being all about.
And I could not muster up even a fraction of a damn about anything that was going on with the Mbatha-Raw character’s husband (played by Roger Davies) back on Earth.
I am really gonna need someone to explain to me how traveling between dimensions gives a disembodied arm sentience because the movie failed to even come close to offering a worthwhile explanation.
Final Verdict: The third film in the CLOVERFIELD franchise fumbles what should have been an easy victory by wasting it’s talented cast and failing to be interesting in any way.