It’s Superbowl Sunday!!! Better yet, it’s The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix.
This movie is 1 part – Event Horizon, 1 Part – The Thing, and 1 Part – Boring.
We begin with a dying earth and pesky scientists have tried to create a free energy machine innnnnnnn spaaaaaaace. Sounds Legit.
There’s British people talking in traffic and I need closed captioning. The lady in traffic is apparently an astronaut and “Comm Officer”. However, I can’t understand anything she’s saying; so maybe, communications wasn’t the best fit?!
We’re on the space station and they’re trying to do some particle acceleratin’ …woohoo, but something is amiss. The story is really dragging.
Now, there’s nerds, foozball playing, and awkward conversation. Are we sure this is a Space Station and not the Google Campus? I do like that all peoples are represented and they’re all boring. It’s about time that we embraced that most people are boring and even some Netflix films.
They’re about to turn on their Shepherd Accelerator and …… they are making particles, energy, or s’mores? Then, the Shepherd overloads. I’m guessing they forgot to use a surge protector. They get control, but the earth is gone- must’ve left the Earth in their other solar system’s pants. They’re hurtling into empty space.
The crew is starting to act weird. The Russian- I’m going to call him Boris – is playing with his face a lot and we’re getting an Event Horizon vibe mostly because JJ Abrams decided to defile the memory of another one of my favorite films. The steel walls have screaming and they decide to open it….because sure. They reveal a woman fused to wires and the bulkhead who knows the Comm Officer’s name. It’s pretty gross. They try to do some ER work on her and she lives.
Meanwhile….Back on Earth. There’s explosions!!!
Back on the station…
The foozball is playing itself and things are disappearing: gyroscopes, worms, and my time. Boris has a worm creature in his head and it’s doing gross things to his eyeball. Boris starts talking to himself and the voices in his head ask him to make a 3d printed gun. Boris pulls the 3d printed gun on crewmates and dies with hundreds of worms shooting out of him.
The lady they found in the bulkhead – Mina – wakes up. She thinks that she was on the station the whole time. Mina accuses Schmidt of sabotage. For scientists, they are unimpressive. These dopes haven’t figured out that they’re in another dimension?! Did they get their PhDs from University of Phoenix?! They lock Schmidt up for sabotage and proceed to make bad choices.
Back on earth…. More explosions, but now there are screaming kids.
Back on the station: The ship’s Irish janitor is doing repairs and his arm gets detached. The ship let’s Schmidt out of the airlock and he’s being chased by the Irishman’s arm. The arm writes them a letter….really. It tells them to cut Boris’ corpse open. They find the gyroscope inside Boris. The comms come back and their current reality is pretty bad. They watch CNN and learn that they’ve traveled to Another Dimension …. Another Dimension … Don’t … you tell me to smile….Interplanetary. In this dimension, there’s World War III going on and everybody has goatees. They decide to turn on the Shepherd machine again and hopefully not attract a herd of sheep as well.
Back on earth, the Comm Officer’s husband has rescued a random kid and went to a bomb shelter.
Back on the Station: Tam figures out that condensation was messing with their calculations, but then she drowns….somehow. In the alternate dimension, Eva’s kids are alive. In the “Good Dimension” Eva apparently installed some bad track lighting and killed everyone, but in this “Evil Dimension” – they’re fine because she used lamps I suppose. Eva decides to go back to warn her twin not to use track lighting…..ever. I’ve noticed that they do A LOT of caulking in this movie to exciting music, but it’s still a guy caulking. There’s another malfunction and half the ship explodes.
The crew decides that they need to de-couple the broken part of the station, engendering a long scene of attempted space station repair. It was really slow AND they had this crazy 8-4pm window to do it. Then, the captain sacrifices himself to do it because why not?
Eva orders that they turn on the shepherd. All looks well, but Mina steals the gun and starts shooting. She needs the “firing key” for some reason. Presumably, the Shepherd will create energy, but that really makes no sense because it doesn’t create energy as much as derivative B-Movies. Mina manages to kill Eva in the final scene Aliens style and it’s mildly entertaining.
Schmidt lives and they start the Shepherd again, but first she warns her evil twin not to use Track Lighting and to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch in the 2015 Super Bowl. They see earth again- the good earth and they have a stable power beam. Eva’s husband doesnt want them to come back because—-monsters. Then, as the escape pod enters the atmosphere, we see a monster. So, they unleashed monsters and NBC’s Whitney.
This was a great bad movie, which is what JJ Abrams can do in his sleep. I would watch this if I had the flu or was in a B-movie place.