In “The Cloverfield Paradox”, the Earth runs out of resources and international tensions rise. Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) joins an experimental mission in space, where his team tries to build a particle accelerator called “Shepard” that could produce unlimited energy for the planet. After more than a year of failed tests, the crew of the Cloverfield Space Station manage to successfully power up the accelerator… until it melts. When they stabilize the ship, Earth has disappeared.
Strange things start to happen around the station. Russian astronaut Volkov (Aksel Hennie) goes berserk and uses a 3D printer to make a weapon, convinced that his German colleague Schmidt (Daniel Bruhl) intentionally sabotaged the collider. Irish scientist Mundy (Chris O’Dowd) is partially sucked into a wall and his arm disappears… then he reappears, separate, with a mind of his own. A woman named Jensen (Elizabeth Debicki) suddenly appears on the wall, power cables running through her body; she claims to be a crew member. They all decide that firing the accelerator must have taken them to an alternate dimension.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Hamilton’s husband, Michael (Roger Davies), finds his town reduced to rubble by a series of explosions. Something massive has attacked, glimpsed only as a shadow moving through a cloud of smoke. Michael rescues a girl (Clover Nee) from a destroyed house and takes her to an emergency bunker to wait out the disaster.