New Cloverfield movie, The Cloverfield Paradox, heads to Netflix tonight

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During tonight's Super Bowl LII broadcast, Netflix dropped the trailer for a Cloverfield sequel.

"A trainwreck of a sci-fi flick bent on extending a franchise that should have died a peaceful death nearly exactly one decade ago, Julius Onah's The Cloverfield Paradox follows the lead of the far-superior 10 Cloverfield Lane in imagining a Cloverfield spinoff whose genre ingredients have little to do with the original found-footage, giant-monster flick". Paradox similarly taps a familiar sci-fi trope, in this case the Alien-esque thriller in which an unshaven crew is trapped in a dimply lit space-ship and unpleasant hi-jinks ensue. The first Cloverfield movie has a respectable rating of 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes while 10 Cloverfield Lane has a very good 90 percent rating from critics. Or do you think it would have been better as a standalone film?

Late a year ago, Paramount announced that the theatrical release of "The Cloverfield Paradox", then known as "God Particle", would be moving from this weekend to April 20, 2018.

The film will officially release on Netflix after the Super Bowl. "The Netflix platform, combined with the presence of "San Junipero" star Mbatha-Raw, is enough to make viewers wonder if this is actually a particularly long episode of Black Mirror".

The problem is that all the elements that are lifted from existing movies are never put together in an interesting new way.

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The movie was directed by Julius Onah and stars Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki, Gug Mbatha-Raw, Zhang Ziyi, Chris O'Dowd and David Oyelowo.

The acquisition of The Cloverfield Paradox also threatens the U.S. studios in a strategic sense. That wasn't a surprise, but what followed was: Netflix made the film available to stream immediately after the game ended, putting it in direct competition with NBC's This is Us. You don't have to watch This Is Us after the game after all.

The New York Times' Glenn Kenny notes that the premise - astronauts in a space station find Earth has disappeared from sight - is not as interesting as it might seem: "Sounds intriguing, but the actual movie is strangely plain, eyesore-overlit and uselessly frantic".

According to the new trailer, the story will also provide some answers to questions raised by the original Cloverfield film. Here's hoping that the next Cloverfield movie (which is reportedly already done filming) gets the series back on track.

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