Thursday, March 24, 2016


10 Cloverfield Lane Movie Review

Following a car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead of Final Destination 3 and The Thing fame) awakens in a doomsday shelter built by conspiracy theorist Howard (John Goodman) and his simpleton employee Emmett (relative unknown John Gallagher Jr.), both of whom claim they cannot leave due to an unknown attack that has contaminated the air outside. Described by producer J.J. Abrams as a "blood relative" of Cloverfield, one may have a preconceived notion of what to expect with this film--without spoiling anything I will say some of what you expect you will, indeed, get, but most of what you get is not what you expect at all. The film does a fantastic job building the tension between the three characters while leaving the viewer wondering if Howard is a savior or psychopath.

Michelle wonders too

It takes really good performances in a film in which only two or three characters (for the most part) are shown, and Winstead, Goodman, and Gallagher all delivery here. It truly is hard to say which turned in the best performance as they were all three SO good. The dialogue is clever, and there is even a bit of comedy sprinkled in here and there, and it works. The twists, turns, and suspense come one after another, but the director also does a wonderful job showing a life like this can leave one bored.

While showing Life, on a board

I absolutely loved everything about this movie--until the final reveal comes. What was a fantastic, edge of your seat thriller gives way to special effects and moments that will have you rolling your eyes instead of closing them. The funny thing is you will probably expect exactly what happens at the end of this movie (especially if you've seen Cloverfield), but you will likely not expect HOW it happens--and you'll probably be as disappointed as I was. Still, this is a really solid movie and certainly one worth watching.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8

10 Cloverfield Lane Movie Trailer

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