Netflix Premieres ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’; Film Not Well-Received By Critics
You saw the trailer last night during the Super Bowl and you probably thought that it was headed to theaters when in reality it had just hit Netflix. We’re talking about the sequel to Cloverfield, The Cloverfield Paradox.
This film, set in the near future, follows a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.
Take a look at the trailer below.
The Cloverfield Paradox Trailer
Netflix premiered the film directly following the Super Bowl, and so far we’re not hearing positive reviews from media outlets and film critics. For example, here’s a snippet of what Vanity Fair had to say on the film.
“The truth is, despite the prestige and a talented cast including David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, Chris O’Dowd, and Zhang Ziyi, The Cloverfield Paradox gives off the tired vibe of a TV episode you’ve already seen. The Netflix platform, combined with the presence of “San Junipero” star Mbatha-Raw, is enough to make viewers wonder if this is actually a particularly long episode of Black Mirror.”
Here’s what Hollywood Reporter had to say:
“A trainwreck of a sci-fi flick bent on extending a franchise that should have died a peaceful death almost exactly one decade ago … A theatrical release would likely have been disastrous for this dud; with any luck, it will be forgotten amid tomorrow’s hangovers.”
And here’s what Deadline had to say:
“The Super Bowl trailer for Paradox gave the impression the movie would reveal the origin of the monster that appeared in the 2008 movie and was later on hinted at in the critically acclaimed 2016 follow-up — but it barely did that. Instead, it stalls the franchise as a pastiche of sci-fi cinema veiled in clever marketing.”
Netflix executives recently told their shareholders that critics who were posting negative reviews of their original film Bright were “disconnected” whereas their internal data (which is not publicly shared) actually shows that viewers enjoyed it. “Critics are an important part of the artistic process but they’re pretty disconnected from the commercial prospects of a film,” said Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “The way we look at it is [that] people are watching this movie and loving it and that is the measure of success. If critics get behind it or don’t, that’s a select group of social media influencers talking to a select audience.”
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The Cloverfield Paradox is directed by Julius Onah and produced by: J.J. Abrams, p.g.a. and Lindsey Weber, p.g.a., with the story by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung and the screenplay by Oren Uziel. Daniel Brühl, Roger Davies, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo, and Zhang Ziyi all star in the Netflix film.