Paradox of being a good and bad movie

By Kevin Lazzaro, videographer.

“Cloverfield: Paradox,” in all honesty, left me entertained. I moved onto the next item in my Netflix instant queue without wishing that the film never existed, which is sadly a good thing with films now. It felt like a long episode of “Black Mirror,” but with a larger budget (and worse writing).

It did a good job at being unpredictable. I like when I can’t see what is coming next in a film. It keeps me interested in the plotline for longer than when I can just immediately know what is going to take place. The visual effects and acting were also highlights for the film. I found most of the characters’ actions and reactions believable, which is always a good thing. I truly felt sympathetic toward the fate of the main character.

That is pretty much everything that was good about the film; everything else was terrible.

The only character I felt sympathy for was the main character; as for everyone else, I honestly could not have cared less if they died. They were just a random assortment of astronauts who were about as smart as an average person. They are literally rocket scientists (and also physicists), they should be smart enough to at least be on edge when things go haywire.

This, being the third installment of the “Cloverfield” franchise, should have been a good film for filling in blanks and answering questions that were posed in the other films. This was not the direction that was taken in the film. The only question that was answered, kind of, that the other films posed was: Where did the enormous alien-like monster come from?

Through a series of events that made no sense whatsoever, which was the point that the movie was trying to accomplish, the crew of the Cloverfield Space Station create a paradox of dimensions. When using a particle accelerator in space to create an everlasting source of power to remedy the fossil fuel shortage crisis on Earth, they cause two parallel dimensions to collide. This concept acts on the idea of improbability and the idea that literally anything could happen. Unbeknown to the crew members, they unleashed a giant creature of some sort from an alternate dimension onto the people of earth.

It succeeded in being confusing and showing that the monster came from this space mission, but we still have no idea what its motives are, if there is anything else like it or if they did find a way to make unlimited power. I caught myself literally scratching my head a couple of times throughout the film. Essentially, this movie created a net gain in questions about the franchise’s universe.

With everything put into the pot, this was just an OK movie. It was a logical nightmare, but the acting and the visuals were good so, in total, I would give it a 2.5 out of 5.

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