The Cloverfield Theory: How The Cloverfield Paradox Links All 3 Films

Cloverfield 10 Cloverfield Lane The Cloverfield ParadoxAfter the surprise Netflix release of The Cloverfield Paradox, many are still left wondering how all 3 Cloverfield films are connected. While the recent film was marketed as explaining why the Cloverfield Monster first appeared in 2008’s film, numerous fans feel they were lied to. My goal here is to give you my theory as to what’s happening on the fringes of these three films and how we may begin to see some connections. To do this, I have to provide a bunch of backstory and elements from the ARG. The ARG for those of you that don’t know is the online campaign that Bad Robot releases in the months surrounding the release of a Cloverfield film.

So first off, I’d like to let you know that this article will primarily focus on non-film events. Any film events discussed will solely be for the purposes of linking the worlds of the Cloverfield films and clarifying any confusion that may arise. Therefore, certain events will be left out.

Companies/Groups:

Tagruato: A Japanese deep-sea drilling company with 14 stations across the world. The company was founded in 1945 by Kantaro Tagruato originating as a mining company called “Hand of Power.” In the 80’s, the company went bankrupt and was exposed for shady business practices. So, in 1989 the company was sold to Ganu Yoshida who renamed the company for the original owner. Yoshida was the one who pivoted the company to deep-sea drilling. The first station, the Jimmu Station was opened on Friday, June 14th, 1991. Yoshida later began smaller companies, funded by Tagruato. We’ll get into these companies in the subsidiaries section. The latest drilling station opened by Tagruato is Chua Station, which will become a primary focus of the first Cloverfield film. A whistleblower contacting purchasers of Slusho! merchandise told of a dark secret within the Chua Station. The secret was later revealed to be that there was no oil where the Chua Station was built, something Tagruato must have known before the station was constructed. Likely began tracking the Cloverfield monster before its New York arrival. The CEO was said to be in NYC at the time of the monster’s attack. In 2018, Tagruato began development on a revolutionary new energy technology. They hoped to have it running by April 18th, 2028. In 2022 they announced the Cloverfield Energy Initiative (CEI) which would help power the world through clean energy solutions. In 2028, the Cloverfield Station launched. The station housed the Shepard particle accelerator.

Subsidiaries:

Slusho!: Japanese energy drink. Contains a secret ingredient that “makes you feel happy, no matter what.” The secret ingredient was revealed to be Kaitei No Mitsu, or seabed nectar. The drink planned to go worldwide around 2008. Seabed nectar seems to have a negative effect on the body when not consumed frozen. Seabed nectar may potentially be a part of the monster’s body (either blood or skin).

Yoshida Medical Research (YMS): Specializes in searching for cures to the world’s deadliest diseases. Developed dive vehicles allowing for further exploration and sample recovery at unprecedented depths in an attempt to help map future Seabed nectar sites.

Bold Futura: Specializes in design and manufacturing of advanced technological products. Ex. Satellites, tanks, ships, etc. Worked on weather technology as well as centrifugal force-based artificial gravity. In 2008, the company began searching for a downed portion of the Japanese government’s Chimpanzee satellite. Their satellite Hatsui was instrumental in the search and identification of the Chimpanzee satellite fragment off the coast of New York. Yet due to the landfall of the Cloverfield monster, attempts to recover the satellite had been halted.

ParaFUN! Wax Distributors: Sells paraffin wax and products used for spaceship maintenance.

T.I.D.O. Wave: An eco-terrorist group which united together in an attempt to take down Tagruato. According to T.I.D.O. Wave, Tagruato has been doing terrible things behind the scenes. Apparently, a Tagruato biologist made an amazing discovery, then was mysteriously killed along with his family in a gas leak shortly after retirement. All of his files and equipment had gone missing. The group later sent spies to the Chua Station to shut down Tagruato. In 2022, the group hoped to prevent Tagruato’s Cloverfield Energy Initiative, they felt it was a cover for a reckless experiment. They claim Tagruato wants to steal the world’s energy.

US Navy: During project SeaSat found something much larger than Soviet Spy satellites. Engaged in a large-scale cover-up. Since WWII, the North Atlantic (where Chua station is located) is the most heavily monitored part of the ocean. Therefore, the Navy likely knew something about the monsters and/or aliens.

 

Monsters/Aliens:

Monsters:

The Cloverfield Monster: An insect-like monster which can grow up to miles tall.

The monster from the first Cloverfield film was a baby who has been down in the water for thousands of years. Seemingly awakened in late 2007 and killed by military bombs in       2008 after a rampage in New York City.

The Cloverfield Kishin manga tells us there are numerous Cloverfield monster eggs in the ocean. Most are far from hatching.

The end of The Cloverfield Paradox features a much larger Cloverfield monster, perhaps the mother or father of the original Cloverfield monster, or maybe a different one entirely. Should the monster be a mother or father, they could be separated by dimensions. The parent looking for their child, despite the child being dead 20 years in the past in an alternate dimension.

Parasites:

Cloverfield Parasites: Little creatures which attach themselves to the Cloverfield monster and later participate in the rampage in NYC.

Aliens:

Worm-like aliens: Scouts for the larger aliens, perhaps spawned from the worms onboard the Cloverfield station after the particle accelerator explosion. Or unrelated.

Tentacled-spaceship: The Black Knight satellite. A potential hybrid of the Cloverfield station with biological material. Or unrelated. Pictured below.

 

Important Characters:

Jamie Lascano: Appears briefly in Cloverfield passed out at the party. Yet her role in the ARG is far more prominent. She sent 11 videos to her boyfriend Teddy while he was working somewhere far away. In video 2 she receives a gift from Teddy which she’s told not to open until December 9th (video 5). The gift contains Slusho! merchandise, “evidence” of raw seabed nectar, and a message from Teddy. After consuming the evidence despite warning, she goes insane. She likely dies during the first Cloverfield film.

Teddy Hanssen: A T.I.D.O. Wave member who hid as a worker at the Chua station> He was later captured by Tagruato. He tells Jamie to “wait for Randy.” He claims that Tagruato has found something on the station or that they’re making something. Teddy has been missing since December 7th, 2007, and he’s likely killed during the collapse of the Chua Station.

Howard Stambler (aka Radioman70): A former member of the US Navy who worked on the mission SeaSat. The mission was supposed to track Soviet satellites during the cold war yet they found something bigger. The navy kept whatever they found a secret. After joining Tagruato in 2009, he was also Bold Futura’s employee of the month for February of 2016. He likely joined to spy on the company and learn more about project SeaSat. He’s a telemetry analyst and conspiracy theorist who uses the screenname Radioman70 online. His wife divorced him and took custody of their daughter, Megan. Howard attempted to get into contact with his daughter through a secret website. He warns Megan that the end of the world is coming. It is later revealed that he has been kidnapping women and killing them if they do not comply with becoming his “new Megan.”

Nikolai Roza: Bold Futura’s March employee of the month. Another former member of the navy and friend/enemy of Howard Stambler. He’s discovered the image of an alien ship which he shares with Howard (albeit some people now believe this image to look more like the Cloverfield Station from The Cloverfield Paradox). In the context of 10CL, the ship appears to line up with the real-life conspiracy theory of the Black Knight Satellite. The satellite is said to have been orbiting Earth for over 13,000 years, perhaps monitoring Earth searching for something.

Mark Stambler: A physics professor based in New York. Howard’s brother from another dimension. Mark is a fellow conspiracy theorist and author of The Cloverfield Paradox book. In the book, he details how the Shepard particle accelerator could cause rifts in time and space. He seems to contact the alternate universe version of himself, who has trouble believing anything he says. Yet in the conversation, he confirms Howard’s discoveries as legitimate.

 

Dimensions:

A (Cloverfield): What seems like the main universe, spawning Tagruato and their shady practices. The world is largely fine until the late 2007 awakening of the Cloverfield monster under the Chua station. The Chimpanzee satellite crashes into the Atlantic Ocean in April of 2008, a month before the Cloverfield monster’s landfall. The crash landing is said to have attracted the monster to NYC.

B (10 Cloverfield Lane): Seemingly a normal 2016 until the alien invasion in March of 2016. Granted, it’s possible that this world is on the brink of an energy crisis. This is alluded to with the massive power outages which many originally thought were the result of monster/alien attacks. The alien attack also causes an EMP which shuts down most electrical equipment (and likely much of this Earth’s energy) in the process.

C (The Cloverfield Paradox Dimension 1): A world in the midst of an energy crisis, energy resources will exhaust within 5 years. Tagruato wishes to solve the problem through the CEI. The Cloverfield station transports to dimension D, releasing monsters across different dimensions and timelines before returning to dimension C. When the astronauts return and land in the ocean, giant Cloverfield monsters have been wreaking havoc.

D (The Cloverfield Paradox Dimension 2): A war-torn world, seems like WWIII. Full allegiances are unclear, but Russia and Germany are on opposite sides. Upon firing the particle accelerator, the Cloverfield station is destroyed and crashes into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Timelines:

1940ish –  Overlord: Details currently unknown. Will likely delve into the origins of Tagruato. Current plot synopsis describes fighting against supernatural forces apart of a Nazi experiment. The Japanese were allied with the Nazis in WWII.

2007-8 – Cloverfield: Sometime in 2007 an incident takes place in the Chua Station far off the coast of New York where someone “sends something they shouldn’t have.” This someone later seems to be Teddy Hanssen. The Chua Station was also later reported to not have any oil, so what were they drilling for? Seabed nectar. On December 27th, 2007 the Chua Station falls into the ocean. An anonymous source sent a video of the collapse. Tagruato never mentioned the incident. Many claimed an oil spill was visible in the video, yet since no oil was present at the station, it is more likely that what was originally perceived as oil was actually a Cloverfield monster. Workers in an escaping life boat witnessed parts of the station being thrown out of the sea. Tagruato later claimed the collapse was due to an explosion from T.I.D.O. Wave, despite no explosions in the video of the collapse.

In April of 2008, the Chimpanzee (or ChimpanzIII) satellite lands in the ocean (could it actually be part of the Cloverfield station?). If we’re to believe that the Chimpanzee satellite idea was scrapped, the debris could easily be the part of the Cloverfield station which was severed in order to save the rest of the ship. During the second particle accelerator overload, the severed bit of the station could have traveled across dimensions and time. Personally, I like this theory. Tagruato has been known to cover up things in the past, so making up a Chimpanzee satellite when the debris is actually part of the alternate reality future’s Cloverfield station is not that far fetched.

On May 23rd, 2008 the Cloverfield monster makes landfall in New York City and is killed shortly after.

The film itself however, is displayed as a documentary in the past tense by the Department of Defense. It is unknown when the film was put together or released to the public in-universe.

2016 – 10 Cloverfield Lane: In 2016, an alien invasion causes the majority of America’s (if not the world’s) population to be destroyed. The survivors make note of successful human resistance efforts with the southern coast of North America liberated.

Side note: Emmet seems to see the red flash of light from the particle accelerator explosion before entering Howard’s bunker. Astronauts on the ISS also reported seeing the red flash of light. Emmet also mentions Howard’s theories about mutant space worms. What film featured worms in space? The Cloverfield Paradox.

2028-2030 –  The Cloverfield Paradox: Despite taking place in the future, The Cloverfield Paradox serves as a pseudo-prequel to the two prior Cloverfield films. The Cloverfield Station launches in 2028, hoping to solve the energy crisis. The world will run out of energy in 5 years. The mission could last as little as 6 months but instead takes 2 years.

In 2030, the Shepard particle accelerator catastrophe caused the appearances of monsters and aliens across various timelines and dimensions, ex. 2008’s appearance of the Cloverfield monster vs. 2016’s alien invasion. The paradox is because the aliens/monsters would have always existed but only started existing after the particle accelerator explosion. Furthermore, the explosion seems to occur in most if not all dimensions as we can see from Jensen’s (Elizabeth Debicki)’s world. Yet to occur in the 10CL or Cloverfield timeline, would have to occur after aliens/monsters already inhabit the Earth.

In dimension C, giant Cloverfield monsters (yes, plural) appear to be attacking the United States. While the precise location is still unknown, some buildings in the background point to Los Angeles.

In dimension D, Russia is at war with the rest of the world it seems. Which makes life aboard the Cloverfield station tense as Germany wants to take out Russia before completing the renewable energy solution. Russia is also teased to be a threat in both 10CL and dimension C.

And if Tagruato wasn’t actually trying to make unlimited energy like T.I.D.O. Wave says, was the goal to create this rift? Perhaps so they could harvest more seabed nectar, or even just begin harvesting it in the first place?

 

Possible Conclusions:

I think every Earth/Dimension has a Cloverfield Station at some point in time, built for varying yet similar reasons.

Monsters and aliens show up at different points in time, having varying effects on the respective worlds. Repercussions of the particle accelerator failure can be witnessed at various points in time as well, regardless of whether or not the Cloverfield Station exists in that world yet or not. The aliens may be monitoring Earth to find their lost monsters while the monsters may be rampaging to find their lost family members. In other words, the aliens and monsters are all from the same dimension yet dispersed across different ones.

The Black Knight satellite could be the aliens waiting until their monsters finally make an appearance on Earth, only they never will because they’re in a different dimension. Baby Cloverfield monster could be looking for his parents, yet can’t find them because they too are in a different dimension. They’re all attracted to the debris from space or repercussions of the particle accelerator explosion because that’s how they were brought to their respective Earths in the first place and believe that’s how they’ll get home as well.

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Sylvio Review: A Heartwarming Journey Into The Mind Of A Gorilla

Sylvio ReviewSylvio is a warm hug, yet one that goes on a little too long. Based on a popular series of Vines, the film premiered earlier this year at SXSW and is now finally screening publically.

The film, like the shorts within it, is a quiet contemplative journey into ambition and isolation. Sylvio Bernardi leads an unfulfilling desk job until he becomes an overnight sensation. Yet what garners him fame goes against his nature, leading to the central conflict of the film. Whereas the world wants Sylvio to destroy and give in to his animalistic nature, he wants peace. The amount of heart a silent gorilla can convey here is astounding, helped by his human friend Alan.

The silent nature of our main character causes issues, however. With an 80 minute runtime, you’d expect the film to move along at a brisk pace– instead, the film is a peaceful journey. Scenes linger, the score soothes, and the film feels meditative. The slow nature of the film permeates the visual landscape as well. Sets are sparse, colors are muted. The film, like Sylvio, clashes with the forceful actions he must partake in. And while slow films certainly have their place, they aren’t my genre of choice.

The quiet nature of the film also clashes slightly with its status as a comedy. Because while there are certainly laughs and funny moments, the comedy results more in warmth and smiles. Laughing too hard would disturb the peace, so the audience doesn’t know where to stand.

While the rules of the world never make entire sense, as Sylvio appears to be the only animal-human hybrid, that’s the point– he feels isolated from the world. Whether we’re truly supposed to believe he’s a gorilla or a man in a suit becomes irrelevant. Thematically, the film provides a strong look into isolation and the pursuit one’s dreams. As a film, however, Sylvio meanders for far too long–failing to keep viewers engaged.

Score: 6.4/10 – Okay

 

Fan Critic Review Scale: Tendency for Low Scores?

review scaleIn our desire for transparency, we’re going to be breaking down our review scale for you all. This post will likely be updated from time to time to reflect each writer’s individual scale but let’s first breakdown our Editor-in-Chief’s review scale. Please note all reviews are of course subjective and will likely contain (as per our site’s name) a mix of the fan perspective and the critic perspective.

As of late, review scores under an 8 have been seen as less than ideal, some may even say bad. I hope to rid the site of this stigma, so we don’t prescribe the same A to F grading scale to our reviews as other sites do. Instead, our review scores are purely numerical, with the majority of films likely falling at a 6 or 7 on the scale.  To help you understand what this means, the number breakdown is as follows:

10- Perfect. 9-  Amazing. 8- Great. 7- Good. 6- Okay (worth seeing). 5- Meh (may or may not be worth seeing). 4- Not good (not worth seeing). 3- Bad. 2- Very bad. 1- Horrible. 0- Complete garbage.

With this scale, films at an eight or higher are the cream of the crop and potentially worth multiple viewings. Any film at a six or above is still worth seeing in some capacity (ie. I still feel comfortable enough recommending people see the film). At a five, I cannot fully recommend the film but perhaps the film simply did not appeal to my tastes. The film wasn’t necessarily bad, just not for me. So should you find your tastes line up with mine, you’ll likely want to skip out on any films rated a five but should your tastes differ, you could end up liking films I rate a five quite a bit. Once we get to the four’s, however, you’ll probably want to avoid seeing the films altogether unless you enjoy watching bad movies.

I hope this helps clear up our rating system. If you have any further questions, feel free to comment down below.

 

Simon Kinberg Will Direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix & Cast Will Return

dark phoenix X-men simon kinbergDeadline has confirmed that Simon Kinberg will be directing X-Men: Dark Phoenix today after the news was long rumored. The film will mark Kinberg’s directorial debut and will focus on Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey and the Dark Phoenix saga storyline.

Kinberg has been involved in nearly all of FOX’s superhero films (including the Fantastic Four attempts) and co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, which was the last time the studio attempted the Phoenix storyline. While Fantastic Four and X-Men: The Last Stand don’t grant much hope for Kinberg, it cannot be overlooked that he was also a producer on both Logan and Deadpool. I don’t have full confidence in Kinberg helming the film as of yet and I find it a risky move on FOX’s part to give a first-time director such a major film.

With Kinberg’s directorial announcement, Deadline also confirms Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi-Smit McPhee, and Alexandra Shipp will all be returning. Jessica Chastain is also reportedly in talks to play the film’s villain.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018.

Source: Deadline