Netflix’s sci-fi surprise release The Cloverfield Paradox isn’t as original as its marketing gimmick
Like characters in one of those zombie movies where no one says “zombie,” the crew of the Cloverfield space station—a big metal psilocybin mushroom orbiting near-future Earth—doesn’t know what it’s in for, having left our planet without ever having seen a single sci-fi horror movie: not Alien, not Event Horizon, and definitely nothing about science gone wrong. Not that they haven’t heard (and dismissed) the possibility that experiments with supercharged particle accelerators could lead to inter-dimensional mixups beyond human understanding. (When don’t they?) But narrative is a science, too, and the warning could just as well...