Netflix had not tested out this release model prior to this film, but it clearly worked, although the film is a bit of a flop. 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. But it definitely succeeded in generating in-game Super Bowl buzz. "Things speed up too quickly, meaning just when the movie's rhythms should become loopier and the action more eccentric, The Cloverfield Paradox becomes one more formulaic ticking-clock series of chases and shootings with a moral dilemma for pathos and then uplift".
But the surprising twist from Netflix was the fact The Cloverfield Paradox would actually be available to stream as soon as the game ended. We also see from news footage with scientist Mark Stambler (Donal Logue) cautioning that the work being done on Cloverfield Station could rip apart space-time and cause monsters, demons, and other bad things to come into our universe.
The short answer is, uh, no, it's not, and I say that as someone who pretty much likes anything with Cloverfield in the title. That sounds GREAT. Alas, it's quickly apparent why Paramount decided not to theatrically release The Cloverfield Paradox: Particularly in its opening scenes, it's an awkward, poorly edited, exposition-dumping mess. When it was followed up by 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane, a brilliantly claustrophobic thriller from director Dan Trachtenberg, it was revealed that the plan was to create a series of separate but interconnected films, like a cinematic version of Black Mirror. Rather than drop a trailer and let enthusiasm run its course, Netflix used the TV spot as an announcement that the film would be streaming in only a few hours.
There are solid, fascinating ideas roaming around aimlessly in The Cloverfield Paradox. That would mean that the big creatures in the second film, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and the last shot of Paradox have been around since the events of the first film. In a better movie, it would have been nice to see them get off the ground. "They don't need us to like Bright", wrote Scott Mendelson about Netflix's big-budget fantasy. The project's originally thought to be titled The God Particle.
Anyway, have you watched The Cloverfield Paradox yet?