Was it really worth it?
On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds just a 19% score from critics and 59% from users. A damning review for Forbes, Luke Thompson wrote: “Once your plot literally establishes that anything can happen for no reason because alternate dimensions, there’s no compelling need for script logic any more.”
Now, The Hollywood Reporter claims that Netflix paid more than $50million to save the ‘unsalvageable’ movie. As a result, Paramount has made a profit for the movie – reportedly handing it to Netflix through fear of it flopping at the Box Office.
“It gets them attention and captures some viewing right off the bat,” said eMarketer’s Paul Verna. “And [Netflix] still got a brand jolt.”
While the original film largely consists of found-footage, The Cloverfield Paradox takes the franchise into Space – with a trailer hinting that it could offer an explanation for the initial invasion of New York. It marks the directorial debut of Julius Onah and stars an ensemble cast featuring the likes of David Oyelowo, Chris O’Dowd, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl, and Zhang Ziyi.
The project was initially titled ‘God Particle’ and was initially mooted for a 2017 release that never happened.