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The Cloverfield Paradox Blu-ray Review

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“The Cloverfield Paradox” is one of 2018’s worst films.

The third installment in the Cloverfield franchise is set in the year 2028 amidst an energy crisis. In an effort to potentially solve the energy issues, scientists and engineers from across the globe are testing the Shepard particle accelerator on board the Cloverfield space station. As the crew start their tests, they discover that it has caused a veritable storm of problems including (but not limited to) object and people displacements, a potential parallel universe, etc. Worse still, there is serious tension amongst the crew for reasons I will not spoil. Is the crew doomed? Is Earth doomed? How does this link to the Cloverfield movie universe? All is revealed in the end.

Back on February 4, 2018, Netflix shook up the film world by releasing an ad for “The Cloverfield Paradox” during the Super Bowl AND releasing the film in its entirety on Netflix directly after the game. It was a groundbreaking release strategy, but after watching the movie, it became abundantly clear why Paramount decided to sell it to Netflix. This movie is a disaster. From the start, you could tell Julius Onah’s bland direction and Oren Uziel’s sloppy script were not pairing well together. I don’t know how you assemble an incredible cast (Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Zhang Ziyi, and Chris O’Dowd to name a few) and waste them all in characters devoid of personality. Without a single character to care about, the movie just feels like noise. Only Chris O’Dowd manages to liven up the film a tad bit but that’s mostly due to the fact that the best scene of ‘Paradox’ involves his arm moving on its own (you’ll see what I mean).

Now, for the folks out there who have yet to see this film and are wondering about its connections to the first two installments, I personally felt as if it was one big tease. Certain references are made, but, to me, the fact that the final few moments contain material that Cloverfield fans had been waiting the entire runtime felt like a cheat. The ending was the movie fans were hoping for, and yet, just as we get to that point in the story, the movie ends

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:11080p. How does it look? A little fuzzy for my liking but a solid transfer nonetheless.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This Atmos track delivers the goods. Say what you will about the movie itself, but there’s so much going on from an audio perspective.

Extras:
* “Shepard Team: The Cast”- A near 15 minute featurette on the cast and their characters. Set footage and interviews are included.
* “Things Are Not As They Appear: The Making Of The Cloverfield Paradox”- A 14 ½ minute extra containing film clips, interviews, script read and set footage, story discussions,

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January 28, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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