The Cloverfield Paradox ★½

The third installment in the loose Cloverfield franchise does everything wrong: where the first two movies were genre-defying bottle stories with interesting characters battling mysterious circumstances, this is a garden variety sci-fi flick where the cast have little to do except repeat the same heavy-handed, over-explaining expositions to each other. It adds insult to injury that the franchise has now been cursed with an eye-rolling magical back story that can be used to justify anything and everything. What can you say about a movie set in the future, on a space station, with an existential premise, where the plot hinges on the presence of a HANDGUN.

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