Blu-ray Review: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX

THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX was directed by Julius Onah from a screenplay by by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung and features an international cast that includes Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo and Ziyi Zhang. J.J. Abrams produced the movie with music composed by Bear McCreary.

The third film in producer J.J. Abrams’ thrilling Cloverfield franchise, THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX follows a group of scientists orbiting Earth on the brink of a devastating energy war.  They prepare to test a device that could provide unlimited power…or trap them in a terrifying alternate reality. 

This third chapter in the Cloverfield franchise takes place in 2028 and follows an international crew of astronauts aboard the Cloverfield Space Station. They’re experimenting with a particle accelerator called the Shepard that would be able to produce the Earth with a limitless amount of new energy if they can get it to work. There has been several misfires over the past few years but the next time the crew tries to start the Shepard it ignites and somehow opens up a portal to a parallel universe and shoots them to the other side of the galaxy. The crew is lost in space.

The Cloverfield Paradox has occured and while the crew of astronauts are battling something dark and sinister, a man on Earth is also witnessing destruction on an epic scale throwing the planet into chaos. The crew isn’t aware of this at first but things slowly start to get extremely weird for them as they discover certain things on the space station that can’t be explained. The Shepard experiment has turned into a full blown horror show for the crew and some of them begin to die horrible deaths that also can’t be explained. Finally, they discover what has happened but time isn’t on their side as the few survivors try to find a way back to their own Earth but it’s not the planet they left behind.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc has a light blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though The Cloverfield Paradox is the weakest entry in the franchise that doesn’t mean it’s not a good watch because I enjoyed it. J.J. Abrams and company took the spec script for God Particle and added a little extra to it so it’d connect to the first movie. The same was done with 10 Cloverfield Lane. This third entry plays more like a horror movie kind of like Alien and Event Horizon did. The crew is helpless against this unknown force that is ripping them apart in a number of different ways. These Cloverfield movies are always big in suspense and secrecy and this one is no different because it draws you in and slowly reveals what has happened as it plays out, and yes, there’s the big reveal in the end that fully connects this sci-fi thriller to the Cloverfield universe. I thought the international cast did a good job with their characters and the director delivered an entertaining entry in the Cloverfield franchise that features some impressive special effects. The Cloverfield Paradox will be available on Blu-ray on February 5th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French Dolby Audio 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Audio 5.1 / Portuguese Dolby Audio 5.1 / English Audio Description

Subtitles: English,English SDH, French, Spanish, and Portuguese

Special Features: The Blu-ray extras include a making of documentary that delves into the inspiration for the story and how the film went from concept and design to completion. The disc also includes interviews with the cast as they reflect on the experience of bringing the sci-fi thriller to life.

  • Things Are Not as They Appear: The Making of The Cloverfield Paradox (14:23)
  • Shepard Team: The Cast (14:48)
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