I don’t want to condemn Netflix for this misfire. It’s obvious that Paramount had no faith whatsoever in their product, so in order to avoid a box office disaster, they sold the rights to the people at Netflix, who, in turn, promoted the movie on Super Bowl night and released it a few hours later. Clever marketing stunt? Perhaps. I wish I could say the same about the movie itself, which feels a lot like leftovers from better Sci-Fi films and from its much superior predecessors. There’s not much to say about this curiously disappointing sequel: A group of scientific researchers on a space station are trapped in space while planet earth is on the brink of witnessing a new form of disaster that links up one way or another to the other Cloverfield films (anyone would have figured this one out by now). The mystery factor is long gone. Even the twists and turns feel derivative and just plain dull. The story is further ruined by a (surprise?) ending that falls flatter than anything you’ve seen before. I know how the people behind this franchise wanted to make a trilogy that people will talk about for years to come. Safe to say, they should have stopped after “10 Cloverfield Lane”, which was constantly suspenseful. “Paradox” is the complete opposite: it’s dull and lifeless.
The Cloverfield Paradox  ★★