The latest Cloverfield franchise movie, The Cloverfield Paradox, is providing a great deal of food for thought to the fans, including a highly underplayed link.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Cloverfield Paradox!
A Reddit user DubC-Ent found out that The Cloverfield Paradox and the original Cloverfield movie have a peculiar symmetry when synced to play together. At the 18:20 mark in Paradox, we see the official launch of the Shepherd particle accelerator, which is exactly the mark where we hear the initial rumbling of monsters in the original Cloverfield.
Reddit user________Ghost__________ even made a video syncing the two films together and you can check it out below.
For those who are liking Paradox, and its position in the Cloververse, the symmetry is quite awesome. It also demonstrates the theory that came into being after Paradox, that it was the actions of the team which made the monsters enter Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane.
This connection has further depth to it if you focus on the dialog taking place in the Cloverfield scene. We see Jason Hawkins (Mike Vogel) tell his brother Rob (Michael Stahl-David) to “Forget the world, and hang on to the people that you care about most.” This is the last line spoken before we hear the monsters rumble, and also a great summary of the Paradox’ narrative.
In Paradox, the Shepherd team first felt that they caused the Earth to disappear, unleashing the paranoia which continued throughout the movie. “Hang on to the people you care about most,” is the apt summary of the overall story of Ava Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who faced trouble coping with the loss of her two young children.
Paradox didn’t get the best reception from critics, but, fans seem to be loving the hidden connections, and are likely to discover more as the movie is now out there for a longer time.
The Cloverfield Paradox can be streamed now on Netflix.