The Cloverfield Paradox, the third movie under the Cloverfield franchise banner, has already caused quite a stir thanks to its sudden release on Netflix, but it’s only going to continue to cause discussion thanks to its shocking ending.
The film, originally called God Particle, has been on Cloverfield fans’ radars for a long time, with its release date constantly pushed back (it placed on Screen Rant‘s most anticipated films of 2017 and 2018 list as a result). All that’s really been known about Julius Onah’s film is its cast – Daniel Brühl, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw – and very basic premise – energy experimentation leaves a space station stranded away from Earth. The finished Cloverfield Paradox goes far beyond that, exploring alternate dimensions, modern warfare, an energy crisis, and, of course, the origins of the monster from the first Cloverfield in 2008.
There’s a lot to unpack about the film and, due to the nature of the franchise, a lot of questions left dangling. Now you’ve seen the film, get to the bottom of all its dimensions with our ending explainer.
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The Cloverfield Paradox’s Alternate Dimensions Explained
The main plot of The Cloverfield Paradox deals with the crew of the Cloverfield Station being transported to an alternate dimension. At first, they believe the Earth has vanished but as things get weirder and weirder slowly realize they’re the ones who’ve moved – in more ways than one.
The Cloverfield Paradox subscribes to the multiverse theory – that there is an infinite number of parallel universes, each subtly different from our own – but hones in on just two colliding. In our world (A), the Cloverfield Station runs its experiment and is transported to another dimension (B) whose Station is destroyed by Schmidt’s (Daniel Brühl) sabotage, part of a bigger descent of Earth B into all-out war. There are other, smaller differences, most pointedly the absence of Tam (Zhang Ziyi) and Ava (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) from Universe B’s mission, the latter due to her children still being alive (a key story point we’ll get back to). Things aren’t as simple as a one-to-one transportation, however. Various elements of the new dimension bleed over into Universe A’s station – Schmidt’s covert orders from his native Germany, Mundy’s (Chris O’Dowd) severed arm, Ava’s messages to the ship – slowly revealing that the new dimension may be infecting the astronauts’ home.
This is the Cloverfield Paradox itself, outlined by Professor Mark Stambler in an interview watched on the station before the experiment. Parts of his theory line up with real-world concerns over the likes of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern (also trying to recreate the Higgs-Boson particle), suggesting that the creation of the new energy will create a rift in the fabric of space-time. His true fears, however, go full sci-fi: that alternate dimensions will clash with our own, depositing all sorts of monstrous horrors on our world. This happens throughout the movie on the Cloverfield Station, but also in a more apocalyptic sense back on Earth, unseen for most of the film until that final shot. However, before getting into that, we need to look at what The Cloverfield Paradox is really all about.
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