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Netflix's The Cloverfield Paradox made a surprise debut on the streaming service after the Super Bowl last night.

Sadly, when they do resurface at the film's conclusion, it's bittersweet.

"This experiment could unleash chaos" remarks Donal Logue's faceless news pundit about a third of the way through this unexpected, and frankly unnecessary addition to the Cloverfield saga. You've got your standard set of characters - the tough American commander (David Oyelowo), the goofball Irishman (Chris O'Dowd), the crazy-as-a-fox Russian (Aksel Hennie), the stern German (Daniel Bruhl) amongst others - and our ostensible protagonist is a United Kingdom scientist (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with dead kids and oh god you know how this is going to go. "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". Well, one of those rumours turned out to be true. Paramount's space-station-set thriller has now only scored 12 percent on Rotten Tomatoes among the early reviews, several of which were pretty scathing. "And even self-identifying fans may be dispirited by the degree to which the movie plays like a retread of innumerable other science-fiction thrillers, including the Alien movies, Event Horizon, Sunshine, Europa Report and last year's underappreciated Life, which died a premature death in theaters".

As of time of writing, there are only 39 reviews counted so far. Each of the two previous films have generally positive Rotten Tomatoes ratings, and they fared reasonably well at the box office ($170 million in global gross for Cloverfield and $110 million for 10 Cloverfield Lane) for lower-budget movies. It's the ideal way Netflix can insert themselves into the mainstream entertainment conversation.

With The Cloverfield Paradox, a group of researchers head to a space station, named "Cloverfield Station", in hopes of unlocking the key to solving earth's energy crisis. Remember, there's another movie tacked on to the end of this: A short film, in fact, that pretty much ruins the whole damn experience.

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Last week, one of those attacks killed a teenage girl and wounded another civilian in the Turkish town of Reyhanli. "Some of them, after detection and neutralization, we placed as exhibits in the museum", said Karakus.

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The first ball de Kock faced, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, dribbled onto his stumps off a block but the bails were not dislodged. The umpires called for the lunch break when India were just two runs away from victory and the players were not too pleased.

Critics seem to agree that Cloverfield Paradox's weakest points are its characters and its story, with some calling it an very bad mess all around.

Not everyone was disappointed by the film. As the pod falls through the clouds en route to DE, we finally see the roaring creature from 2008's Cloverfield, fully visible, before The Cloverfield Paradox cuts to the credits.

The film has an incredible cast and it's a miracle that they managed to keep it secret for so long.

The fate of the planet and what the particle accelerator experiment has wrought are barely important: The Cloverfield Paradox is a series of scenes and ideas lifted from numerous other movies all in search of a coherent plot and meaningful characters.


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