3 stars for the fact it's a cloverfield movie (biased, i know), but yeah.. this one was a bit of a stinker. nothing like another space sci-fi movie where unexplained shit happens and no one reacts or brings it up again. the last few seconds of the movie were amazing though
Although its production is quite impeccable, this film is just another brick on the wall of plagiarism that is filling the film industry lately. The "echoes" from "The Mist", "Alien", "Another Earth" and several others from the sci-fi canon are just obvious and quite indecent. And that would even be forgettable if by any chance the final outcome could be considered clever, which is not the case. Pfff. A huge pfff.
While its' aims may have been higher this is much closer in spirit to other sci-fi messes like 'Virus' and 'Event Horizon' then anything actually good or clever. Another stand alone script that has been 'adapted' into the so-called 'Cloverfield' universe lands with a total thud on Netflix...aka dumping ground. While it does have some merits such as Gugu Mbatha-Raw's performance this is definitely a misfire overall.
After viewing the final product, what initially appeared as a coup for Netflix - landing a slick science-fiction thriller originally intended for theaters, with a surprise Super Bowl teaser for the launch - feels like a case of Paramount offloading an over-budget movie they knew was going to bomb. The dialogue and exposition are so artlessly executed, I'm halfway surprised J.J. Abrams put his name on this production.
I wish the Abrams Star Treks were more like this. As it stands it was boring and the characters were inconsistent. Confusingly, 10 Clvfld Ln. was confirmed to be completely unrelated to the first film. I assumed this one was as well (except for a few references). And then they reused the shitty jumpscare at the very end with the actual Cloverfield monster. Figure your shit out, Abrams.