Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

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Directorial duties fall on newcomer Julius Onah.

Reviews have been generally underwhelming in the hours after the film started streaming.

The general consensus was summed up by The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore, who called it: 'A trainwreck of a sci-fi flick bent on extending a franchise that should have died a peaceful death nearly exactly one decade ago'. "The way we look at it is [that] people are watching this movie and loving it and that is the measure of success". That it had a poorly considered birth is simply its first problem.

The Netflix film, produced by J.J. Abrams, is a sequel to 2008's "Cloverfield" and the 2016's "10 Cloverfield Lane". The rest of the world seems ready to go to war over the remaining energy on the planet - we hear about the masses of people starving in Russian Federation - but our thirst for power can be slaked if these scientists can get their new energy source working in time. With a devastating energy crisis threatening to throw the Earth into chaos, the team is attempting to experiment with a particle accelerator up in space in order to find a new source of renewable energy and save the planet. But two years of failure have left frayed nerves and splintering cohesion. The project was rewritten by Star Trek Beyond's Doug Jung.

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Stoke City's goalless draw with Watford also left them alongside Newcastle and Brighton, just four points ahead of West Brom. And with their local rivals set to play later on Saturday, they will have a chance to further extend their lead with a win.

In terms of the timeline, it takes place before the events of the first and second movie as a prequel. What? "I don't get it", says one flustered astronaut. But turning it on unleashes terrifying, reality-warping changes. That would have been some darn good high-brow sci-fi.

There are quite a few foreign policy side-plots that never fully get explained or resolved.

At the end of the movie, we see Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Schmidt (Daniel Bruhl) taking an escape pod back to Earth, but when Michael learns about this from mission control, he screams that they can't come back and that Earth isn't safe. Elizabeth Debicki shows her creepy side brilliantly and the always welcome Chris O'Dowd proves to be the oddball in an otherwise high-functioning, very serious crew. He is half right: It is super fun to anticipate, to theorize, to pick apart moments all before you even see a frame of footage.

With an average score of 40 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic, The Cloverfield Paradox is tracking far lower than both Cloverfield (64) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (76).

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