So yes, this film is now available on Netflix, and yes, you can watch it as many times as your sci-fi loving heart desires. It’s the film we didn’t know we’d be getting so soon, let alone right in our living room, but does this third Cloverfield movie live up to its two hours worth of hype? Well, yes and no. Given the secrecy surrounding this film, the plot is best kept under wraps. I experienced it for the first time with very little prior knowledge of what’s really going on, and it’s the way I’d recommend most. Don’t fear, there’ll be no spoilers here.
Screenwriter Oren Uziel throws all he can into this contained Alien-esque thriller, but it’s all ideas with very few payoffs. His concepts of a parallel dimension and the physics-defying effects it has on this unsuspecting crew make for a fantastic first act. The dialogue is heavy-handed and full of exposition dumps, including a particularly on the nose news broadcast, but once the weird shit kicks into gear, the intrigue really begins. Circumstances are unpredictable, and the character’s behaviours even more so, forcing your mind to think hard and fast as you attempt to unravel the secrets held within this mystery box of a movie.
Sadly, the plot just doesn’t have use for any of them. They’re generic characters in of themselves, but when the story really kicks into gear, most of them are wasted. You don’t care about any of them, and most of their sub-plots are undeveloped to the point of being uninteresting. There’s no emotional connection when the bad shit’s going down, nor is there any logic provided to anything happening on screen. The actors do the most with what they’re given, but the story, at best, is paper-thin. Elizabeth Debicki’s character begins on a strong note, but her story soon proves illogical, leading to a frustratingly bad third act.
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