The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

And the first of my list of anticipated movies for 2018 was released as a surprise Netflix launch after the Super Bowl. To see what other movies made my 2018 anticipated list, check it out here. We did watch The Cloverfield Paradox that night and it definitely reflects on the backlog that it took this long to share my thoughts on it now. Lets check out the third movie in this Cloverfield universe.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

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Director: Julius Onah

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, John Ortiz, Chris O’Dowd, Aksel Hennie, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Roger Davies, Donal Logue

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. – IMDB

The Cloverfield “franchise” (since there is only two other movies) has taken its viewers for quite a ride. To be honest, they benefited the most from a very strategic surprise and mystery sort of promotional campaign which keeps its audience guessing and the intrigue and anticipation is what drives most of it. I’m a fan of both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Both had its issues but were entertaining and effective for what it tried to do. Of course, to link the two universes together was where it does fall apart a little. In this third installment of Cloverfield, The Cloverfield Paradox takes us to space with a bunch of astronauts who are trying to achieve a risky experiment that will essentially save Earth’s energy crisis. Just looking at the summary above, it already highlights some of the generic elements that you can expect in The Cloverfield Paradox. During the movie, elements of Event Horizon and Evil Dead will definitely be comparable here. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily as long as its executed well and for the most part, The Cloverfield Paradox is action-packed and suspenseful with hints of humor here and there and visually, its pretty lovely to watch. Is it a ground-breaking or memorable movie experience and lives up to the hype? No, it really isn’t. I watched it about a month ago and honestly, its starting to fade away. It did however make me want to revisit Event Horizon, a movie that has a criticism but I personally love a lot.

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While the story and direction worked okay, despite its familiar territory, the cast here also portrays some very generic qualities of a space crew. There are a lot of familiar faces and to be fair, they all did a great job in their roles, even Ziyi Zhang (who I’m not a huge fan of). Chris O’Dowd provided the humor the story needed along with some of his banter with other characters. There was suspense and mystery surrounding some of them as well which kept it intriguing. There was drama particularly in the main character, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who delivered a nice performance. However, the problem was that the short run time and the pacing of the story gave these characters a lack of depth. We never had enough time with any one of them to make it feel remotely connected to sense a loss when they were in peril. The story itself kept it action-packed and constantly propelling it forward with accidents, deaths, dangerous situations, mystery, suspense and it was all over the place keeping the audience on its toes but somehow where it fell flat was the characters. I did like the international aspect of the characters because it had constant foreign language and some subtitle reading which kept it authentic.

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At this point, we have to look at The Cloverfield Paradox and how it fits into the franchise. If we talk about self-contained, well, this franchise is definitely self-contained since the connection sometimes seems like a rather far-fetched idea. It felt the same way with 10 Cloverfield Lane where the final part that somehow supposedly links back to its first movie was where I found it at its weakest. The same applies here, in fact, The Cloverfield Paradox is definitely the weakest link so far. It lacks an original story and lacks powerful characters. In terms of depth and connection, it actually just adds more questions to the whole Cloverfield world. At this point, the Cloverfield franchise is really just an anthology series with movies set in the same universe. Its not necessarily a problem but something more about this universe would be nice. I mean what is this universe afterall? When are these films set? We can assume that Cloverfield is the first film where we see these creatures or aliens invading the world. The world’s fallen apart in 10 Cloverfield Lane and definitely in The Cloverfield Paradox. What is the timeline though? You know, its nice to tease and play the guessing game and they have a strong promotional campaign team but at a certain point, it stops being fun and starts being just frustrating to follow, especially when if The Cloverfield Paradox is the commencement of the downward spiral in its quality.

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There are obvious entertaining elements of watching The Cloverfield Paradox. I didn’t hate it but thinking about it more, it felt quite shallow. They had a good cast that delivered good performances, a generic story that was visually done really well but still was very predictable and it had a mix of genre elements of riding between being serious and funny. However, The Cloverfield Paradox could have been any old sci-fi movie if it didn’t have the Earth segments. There are entertaining and tense, suspense-filled elements that work in the thriller world. Its decent for a one shot watch but honestly, it was a disappointment from the expectations after the first two films. I sure hope that if the Cloverfield world continues, it will take some time to try to find a more apparent link in the universe and add a little more substance.

My Weekly Adventures #59 Happy Year of the Dog!!

Its Lunar New Year! I used to say Chinese New Year since I’m Chinese and I celebrate the Chinese version of it obviously but we are a very multicultural world now so Lunar New Year includes everyone else that celebrates it. Its the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac and supposedly, I’m looking at a bit of a better year. Crossing my fingers on that one. Actually, I went all out this year. I didn’t only decorate the house with blessings and other related items but I pulled out the fake flowers and also went out to buy some expensive bouquet (since flowers around where I live is really ugly). I ended up doing a full-on deep cleaning of the house. We are starting fresh, my friends. I know its all superstition and its not like a new year changes all that much but at least I would like to think it will bring some nice things our way. Less problems would be nice. That is really all I am hoping for.

The last two weeks have been a mix of stuff that happened. Some I have talked about and others not so much so lets recap!

Montreal DemoNight 2018

Montreal DemoNight 2018 is an annual event that started with indie game developers supporting each other that has now turned into a public event to go check out some strict 5 minute gameplay presentations of recent or upcoming games. I had the full intention of going to the event but work overtime took over and I ended up catching it via the Twitch stream instead. Of course, we weren’t going to just let the event go so we also did a lovely little recap on That Moment In here. If you haven’t read it, there are some incredibly cool games in development. Can I just say that 2019 is looking like a fantastic year for indie games?

Super Bowl & Cloverfield Paradox

Super Bowl watching is a tradition that my husband got me involved in when we first started dating. Because we don’t actually have antenna or cable, we only ever end up seeing the Super Bowl because it collides with Sunday night dinners with my mom. Due to my husband’s work, he  had missed a lot of the Super Bowls for the last few years but finally, this year, he got to watch it. Since he’s not a Patriots fan, we were cheering for the Eagles and lets just say, it was a pretty fantastic game, especially since the Eagles pulled off some nice touchdowns and then won what I believe is their first Super Bowl (I think I read that somewhere). Anyways, it sure feels nice after 9 years of watching it to finally understand the game and follow.

Anyways, when we did go home, we also realized that Cloverfield Paradox, which happens to be one of my anticipated movies of 2018 is skipping theatres and heading to Netflix right after the game ended, so we hunkered down to get the watched. Why has the review not been posted yet? Well, Valentine’s Marathon is underway and its been a smush of stuff happening that has put everything in delay. It is coming up soon-ish. I have some rather solid thoughts on it. I know there’s relatively low scores for this one and some even question how it all connects in this universe. Let me just say that, whether you like it or not, the Cloverfield movies marketing team sure knows how to drop a movie.

PC issues + update

You can read the post about the PC issues here.

If you didn’t read the post above, in short, my motherboard fried. I guess thats the bad news but then I do still have my cellphone and my husband’s computer to work on for the blog. It is also why, even though things are done slower (which only I would notice), in general everything here still remains fairly functional. Game Warp has been the most affected by this PC failure. With that said, the change from since the post above till now is that, things are moving at a brisk pace to PC recovery. As of last weekend, we were just waiting for one more part to arrive and then my awesome friend will build my computer and hopefully, with some time for setup, we will be up and running next week. Will that happen? I have no idea, but it would be awesome. However, I will try to get the blog stuff done in advance so that I can focus on Game Warp and get things back on track. We still have the remaining Until Dawn playthrough to upload as well as the Year in Review 2017 show with a special guest. It always sucks when the show that gets held up involves someone else.

Either way, things are moving along. 🙂

Remy’s Dilemma Gift

Remy's Dilemma

A week or two ago, I finally read Remy’s Dilemma and wrote up the review. You check it out here.

Much to my surprise, the author Andrew Snook reached out to me on Twitter. He thanked me for the review and told me that Remy’s adventure continues very soon in a sequel to be released later this year. At the same time, he also offered to send me a Remy’s Dilemma gift. Now, I don’t say no to gifts and I was honestly curious what I would get. Plus, I love reading and the book was a pleasant surprise so Remy’s Dilemma has been a constant stream of positive events and that makes me happy.  Let me tell you that the efficiency is incredible as I received my gift last Friday. I probably should have tweeted it sooner…but I forgot.

I’m tagging Andrew Snook to this post so if he reads this: Thank you so very much! I love it!!!

Valentine’s Marathon & Twilight

Valentine’s Day has passed us by. And well, I mentioned it earlier as something I’d considered doing the first time ever and that is to extend the marathon this year. With Ultimate 70’s blogathon being moved up one week and the PC issues, things have been slowing down. I still have a few movies to write up that I saw for the marathon. Since I was going to make Twilight a February highlight franchise, I figured I’ll just make this a lovely romance themed month. I still have a few movies I want to catch up on anyways so it all works out. With that said, welcome to a month of Ultimate 70’s Blogathon alongside an extended Valentine’s Marathon! Hope you all enjoy it!

Cute Kitty Pic

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Upcoming:

  • Ultimate 70’s Blogathon (going on now..check this page for daily updated entries)
  • Valentine’s Marathon & Twilight franchise (ongoing…all links here)

This wraps up this Weekly Adventures!
What have you been up to?