Netflix Premieres 'The Cloverfield Paradox'; Film Not Well-Received By Critics

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Netflix tried a surprise play of their own Sunday night when it announced during Super Bowl LII that "The Cloverfield Paradox" would be available for streaming immediately after the big game.

It was a trifecta of entertainment last night: First came the Super Bowl, and then the battle between the highly anticipated episode of This Is Us and the premiere of a movie that no one saw coming. From Paramount, the first two films in the franchise were released in theaters, but The Cloverfield Paradox was instead purchased by Netflix. Who's excited to see this? The streaming giant chose to give it some shock value by revealing a teaser during the game and launching the film before the Philadelphia Eagles could say "we're going to Disney World!" It's a movie that's not particularly scary, interesting, or deep, but it does have good actors performing admirably ... the movie is nowhere near as good as the original Cloverfield or 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Netflix has not said how much it paid to acquire streaming rights for The Cloverfield Paradox, so as always, it will be hard to judge whether or not the streaming giant's purchase was a prudent one.

The Cloverfield Paradox is the third entry in the franchise, following Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane, and attempts to answer some of the questions about how the original monster movie happened. Producer J.J. Abrams back for a third-installment that's tense and eerie, leaving you worrying how far director Julius Onah will push the freights.

Following the news of a delay, Bad Robot's upcoming Cloverfield sequel, previously known as The God Particle, was set for an April release.

The Cloverfield Paradox, directed by Julius Onah and produced by JJ Abrams, focuses on a group of astronauts who deal with some odd and mysterious happenings in space.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ava, David Oyelowo as Kiel, Daniel Brühl as Schmidt, John Ortiz as Monk Acosta, Chris O'Dowd as Mundy, and Zhang Ziyi as Tam in "The Cloverfield Paradox". The monster is just dropped in, and it feels like a desperate attempt to make the movie bigger than it actually is. What's interesting is that these complaints validate reports that surfaced prior to Netflix's acquisition of the film from Paramount.

This is the first time a movie production of this scale launched with such promptness.

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