The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

What a crock. After the first two disparate but strong “Cloverfield” entries, the promising franchise hits a wall with this second sequel, and it hits it hard. With a screenplay that seems patched together from “Alien” and “Event Horizon” discards, boring characters, weak acting (especially by lead Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who seems to be acting in a different movie altogether), the movie limps from unrealized scene to unrealized scene, attempting to shoehorn elements from the “Cloverfield” universe every chance it gets, audience interest or enjoyment be damned. The movie doesn’t seem to know what story it wants to tell so it throws everything it can at the wall, hoping something will stick, and apparently hoping the audience won’t notice that not much of it makes any sense. It’s particular jarring to see the movie waste the typically energetic Chris O’Dowd, while it pays far more attention to Zhang Ziyi despite her lack of charisma and screen presence. A real dud.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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