The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Director: Julius Onah

Writer: Oren Uziel (Screenplay) Oren Uziel, Doug Jung (Story)

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, John Ortiz, Chris O’Dowd, Aksel Hennie, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki

 

Plot: Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Addition to Cloverfield Universe

 

Story: The Cloverfield Paradox starts as we come to the Earth as the people are facing an energy crisis, one of the last hopes is an experiment in space to product an almost infinite amount, the crew includes Schmidt (Bruhl), Hamilton (Mbatha-Raw), Kiel (Oyelowo), Monk (Ortiz), Mundy (O’Dowd), Volkov (Hennie) ad Tam (Zhang).

While performing their experiment something goes wrong and the crew finds their ship in the middle of nowhere in space, the Earth gone, what happened, the team must work together to keep the ship active before even considering looking for home and things only get more confusing when Jensen (Debicki) appears on the ship claiming to be part of the team.

 

Thoughts on The Cloverfield Paradox

 

Characters – Hamilton seems to be one of our main characters, because we follow her on Earth as she debates whether to be part of the mission, so she can save her family from the crisis on Earth, on board the ship we see how her first and most important thing to follow is communicating with her family. Kiel is the Commander on this mission, he knows how each member of the team can be used to get through the problems. Schmidt is the man behind the science, it has been his ideas which are being put into practice in the experiment. Monk is the medical officer on the ship, he faces the scientific decisions. Mundy is the engineer on board, he can fix any problem as fast becomes the funniest member of the crew. Volkov is the member of the team which easily gets hot headed through the situations the crew themselves in. Tam is a crucial part of the team when it comes to knowing the operations behind the experiment. Jensen appears on the ship after the experiment goes wrong, she seems to be part of the team, but no one else knows who she is. She knows the operations the crew want to follow too.

PerformancesThis has a star studded multi-cultured set of actors, this helps show us how the world is united with this plan. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is good in this leading role, her character is the only one that does seem to show any life outside of the mission though. Daniel Bruhl and David Oyelowo are two top performers and they both give us the good performances we expect. Chris O’Dowd nearly steals the movie, his characters wit mixed with his delivery helps the movie have moments of light-hearted humour. Elizabeth Debicki is good too but I do feel like we don’t get enough from the talents of Aksel Hennie and Ziyi Zhang.

StoryThe story follows an experiment to try and solve the problems the Earth is facing with energy supplies, the idea takes us into a scientific discussion about what would happen if scientists accidently ended up in an alternative dimension. We have characters that are smart in space, which follows the same lines as ‘Life’ and ‘Sunshine’ as they do come together to try to solve the problem over just panicking. This does tie into the previous films nicely too, which is just what we wanted to see.

Horror/Mystery/Sci-fiThis film doesn’t reach the horror element level it could have, but the mystery side of the film covers this weakness, the sci-fi side of things do offer big questions about where things could be going.

SettingsThe film uses two major settings, the first and best is the space station which is highlight of the film because every time we jump to Earth, it seems to slow up the pace of the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are flawless through the film, the space moments are wonderful and an incident with an arm is great.


Scene of the Movie –
Found the worms

That Moment That Annoyed Me Returning to Earth gets frustrating.

Final ThoughtsThis is a smart sci-fi film that throws up the questions about what could go wrong with an experiment that could help save the Earth. This does fit into the universe created with the Cloverfield movies too.

 

Overall: Hugely entertaining sci-fi thriller.

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Star Trek Beyond (2016)

startrrekDirector: Justin Lin

Writer: Simon Pegg, Doug Jung (Screenplay)

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella

 

Plot: The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Addition

 

Story: Star Trek Beyond starts as Captain Kirk (Pine) is halfway through their five-year mission with his regular crew of Commander Spock (Quinto), Bones (Urban) Lieutenant Uhura (Saldana), Scotty (Pegg), Sulu (Cho) and Chekov (Yelchin). Kirk has reached the age his father need which has started to make him question moments of his decision to join Starfleet compared to his father.

When the crew gets a distress call the Enterprise goes on what was thought to be an easy rescue mission until they come up against an unknown enemy led by Krall (Elba) who is after an artefact from with the enterprise.

With the crew scattered around an unknown planet they have to learn who to trust while trying to find a way to save the rest of the crew and prisoners of Krall.

Star Trek Beyond continues the adventures of the Enterprise crew and this time we get a fresh storyline that doesn’t just become a rehash of one of the original storylines. We get to see how Kirk is getting a loss of direction like we all do in life. We get to see a slightly one-dimensional villain which disappoints until the final twist about who he really is. In the end this will make the Trekkie fans will happy throughout.

 

Actor Review

 

Chris Pine: Captain Kirk is now reaching one year older than his father was when he died, leading the Enterprise on a long haul mission. Starting to question is position he takes on a rescue mission on to have to lead his crew on a mission against an unknown enemy. Chris has grown into this character so well you could easily watch him in it for years to come.

Zachary Quinto: Commander Spock is dealing with the news of his elder self-passing on wanting to leave star fleet. He is loyal and logical through the mission and his friendship with Kirk is at the highest point to date. Zachary is good but has all the best scene with someone else rather than on his own.

Sofia Boutella: Jaylah has been leaving on this planet looking for her own way to escape and joins forces with the Starfleet to finally try and point a stop the Krall’s reign on the planet. Sofia is good in this role as the kick ass new species showing her strengths.

Idris Elba: Krall has been searching for a weapon Starfleet has for years and now he finally gets it he can lead an attack to take out anything that stands in his way. Idris is good as always but a very simple villain in this universe.

Support Cast: Star Trek Beyond has our usual crew in the supporting roles all doing good jobs throughout as we see them find a way to work with Kirk to save the day. I will say Bones is the star of the show.

Director Review: Justin LinJustin gives us a good addition to the star trek universe that can be enjoyed.

 

Action: Star Trek Beyond has great sci-fi style action throughout with the film seemingly always looking for new ways to destroy the Enterprise.

Adventure: Star Trek Beyond puts our heroes on a new adventure unlike one we have seen before.

Sci-Fi: Star Trek Beyond keeps us feeling like we are part of the mission through space throughout.

Settings: Star Trek Beyond keeps us in space and on a new look planet not going on with anything needed to be extra special.
Special Effects
: Star Trek Beyond has great effects throughout making each moment look realistic.

Suggestion: Star Trek Beyond is one for all the Trekkie fans to enjoy with a new storyline added to the universe. (Trekkie Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Bones just steals all the scenes.

Worst Part: The final reveal of the villain comes off lazy.

Funniest Scene: Spock and Bones part of the story.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $185 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

 

Overall: Enjoyable addition to the Star Trek universe.

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