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.
Since I wasn´t a big fan of the other Cloverfield movies I think this is the best one. I don´t really see why everyone is so negative about this movie. In the scheme of things this is way better than many sci-fi movies out there despite its short comings. And yes, this is Sunshine with a slice of Alien and other movies crammed in there but still well done and entertaining.
Ok, but because these films are all connected by something called Slusho and crazy fanboys we can easily pretend that this one never happened, that Netflix truly doesn't give a shit about its content or subscribers, that there are still two deeply enjoyable films about actual human beings trying to survive that merit additional films/creativity/talent and this, this... literal disaster was a mistake. Right?
So, the lead was perfectly willing to abandon her husband to save her children, but not her crew mates? And Jensen was the villain because her crew was wiped out and she was trying to save her planet? Add to that a cluster of killer sci-fi anomalies and you get a very confused movie, not to mention one that doesn't really sit well in the Cloverfield universe. But, it's well-acted, at least.