The Cloverfield Paradox gets a surprise Netflix release after Super Bowl

The Cloverfield Paradox gets a surprise Netflix release after Super Bowl

The Cloverfield Paradox gets a surprise Netflix release after Super Bowl

The film is on Netflix right now, which is just insane.

Directed by Julius Onah, The Cloverfield Paradox stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, Zhang Ziyi, Aksel Hennie and John Ortiz. If I hadn't gorged myself during the Super Bowl I would have hit that last remaining bag of microwaveable popcorn in the back of the cabinet.

Director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter earlier in the night to tease the announcement from Netflix.

There's little left to enjoy after the buzz of watching a surprise movie wears off. The Cloverfield Paradox feels like a straight-to-video remake of 2017's Life, another forgettable haunted house in space.


Still, regardless of what you think of The Cloverfield Paradox, the game has been changed. One character warns of the the possibility of "shattering reality", declaring that the space ray (or whatever) will "unleash chaos the likes of which have never been seen!" Next, a woman suddenly appears in the walls of the station, with wires and power lines running through her as if she just materialized there. We had previously mentioned rumors of the trailer and Netflix deal previously, but the news of it becoming available to night came as a major shock to fans of the expansive film universe.

There are solid, fascinating ideas roaming around aimlessly in The Cloverfield Paradox. That sounds GREAT. Alas, it's quickly apparent why Paramount decided not to theatrically release The Cloverfield Paradox: Particularly in its opening scenes, it's an awkward, poorly edited, exposition-dumping mess.

The Cloverfield Paradox is now streaming on Netflix. He goes on to write, "There are solid, fascinating ideas roaming around aimlessly in 'The Cloverfield Paradox.' In a better movie, it would have been nice to see them get off the ground". Maybe it doesn't even matter if The Cloverfield Paradox is any good. If this was a test run for this kind of release, it definitely worked, and we have to assume Netflix will do this again when the time is right.

U.S. media commentators are describing the move as a potentially game-changing challenge to the traditional model employed around the ultra-premium Super Bowl ad slots, which deliver the highest number of eyeballs of any Stateside telecast during the year.

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