When 10 Cloverfield Lane arrived in theaters in 2016, fans of the franchise launched in 2008 spent countless hours establishing connections with the first film. After years of sharing these theories in online forums and fan sites, The Cloverfield Paradox arrives and smashes everything to hell. Once solid ties between Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane are now no more connected than one universe is to another (in other words: Not at all).
Okay, there’s a connection in the fact that everything can be explained by the firing of The Shepard supercollider on the Cloverfield Station, but the 3 Cloverfield movies we’ve seen so far don’t even take place on the same planet (or, you know, the same planet but different universes and blah blah blah).
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One of our favorite film critics, Ryan Hollinger, puts into words why so many of us feel cheated by The Cloverfield Paradox’s overarching premise. He uses J.J. Abrams own words against him, revealing that the Cloverfield Mastermind has duped his audiences into making connections between what are essentially unrelated movies, never intended to be complimentary puzzle pieces.
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Official Synopsis: Screen Smart is a show celebrating Ryan’s love for film, games, art and entertainment through personal retrospective analysis that aims to explore what made them so good.
About Ryan Hollinger on YouTube: Ryan Hollinger is a Design & Animation graduate from Northern Ireland, working freelance in media production and broadcast.
Official Synopsis: Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.
The Cloverfield Paradox is directed by Julius Onah and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, and Daniel Brühl.