If You Play 'Cloverfield' And 'Cloverfield Paradox' At The Same Time, There's A Big Surprise
A majority of people thought that ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ was terrible. It currently stands at 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been called everything from ‘a kluge of bad science and worse science fiction clichés’ to ‘a story full of narrative gaps and poorly developed characters’.
It isn’t that difficult to see why people feel so disappointed by this film. With such an extravagant release (Netflix aired the trailer during the 2018 Superbowl and announced that it would be available to watch on their streaming site that same night – it was all very Beyonce), people hoped that the film itself would be something to behold.
The film also features the most impressive cast we’ve seen in a while – Gugu Mbatha Raw (Black Mirror, Belle), David Oyelowo (Selma, A United Kingdom), Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin, Inglorious Basterds), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The Sapphires) and Ziyi Zhang (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) – so, understandably, people assumed that the film would be a winner.
Unfortunately, The Cloverfield Paradox lost in many ways. It lost its viewers about half-way through the film when a series of bizarre events took place without any explanation, and appeared to lose sight of its own direction when audiences were suddenly pummelled with a plethora of scientific theories, all seemingly relevant but overwhelmingly confounding nonetheless.
Thankfully, however, it turns out that there’s one way to solve all that confusion. All you have to do is watch Cloverfield (2008) and The Cloverfield Paradox at the same time.
It turns out that, when you watch both the films (that means playing them both at the exact same time), a key event occurs at the same time in each of them. A key event which could shed some light on how the two films connect.
So, when Shepard causes the dimensional tear for the first time in Cloverfield Paradox (the one that thrusts them into another dimension), it happens at the same time as when the quakes and tremors hit Rob’s party in Cloverfield (you know, the party he’s having because he’s heading to Japan for a new job) – which signals the arrival of the monsters.
Such a revelation essentially enforces the idea that the dimensional tear made on the ship in Cloverfield Paradox is what caused the monsters to arrive on earth in the first Cloverfield movie. And whilst anyone probably could have guessed that connection from the film’s ending, it’s nice to know that – through all of that disarray – the story of Cloverfield Paradox at least tried to align itself with the first film in a clever, subtle way.
The folks over Screen Rant disagree with this theory, however, and insist that the similar timing in the two films is just a mere coincidence.
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