Let’s get the first thing out the way before we start with our 10 Cloverfield Lane movie review. It is not a direct sequel, It’s probably not even a sequel at all. However, I do have a theory on how this movie is connected to the original movie ‘Cloverfield’ from 2008, directed by Matt Reeves.
This movie ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, who directed a short film based on the very popular video game ‘Portal’. And a lot of elements from both the game and short film play a factor into this movie.
Now, going into this movie I was expecting a sequel to the original Cloverfield like most of us were, but what we got was actually better than was first thought. One of the genius things this movie does is in the trailers and the marketing, you are not told anything. All you know is that three people are in a bunker for some unknown reason. Is the Cloverfield monster back? What’s outside the bunker? Why did Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character hit John Goodman with a bottle? And that’s the only way you could of really advertised this movie, keeping people guessing because that’s exactly what the movie does. I couldn’t predict anything going on, especially the ending.
The basic plot of this movie movie is that, 3 people Howard (John Goodman), Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Emmett (John Gallagher) are all down in a bunker that belongs to Howard which he has prepared for the ‘The End’, and something is out there but what is it?
Each performance given in this movie is incredible, the stand out being John Goodman. Though-out you don’t know whether to trust him or not. Honestly I think he should be considered for an Oscar for his chilling performance. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was delightful, she really showed the fear using her body language to express the emotion, and there’s a line she says in the final scene (No Spoilers) which really represented how the audience felt about the situation. The ending which came out of know where, but leads into my theory on how the original is connected to 10 Cloverfield Lane, but once again no spoilers.
For the most part this movie gets everything right, however I have 1 main issue with 10 Cloverfield Lane. The ending. It just came out of nowhere, and went on little too long, other than that, flawless. The movie keeps you guessing, its actually quite scary. Scarier than most horrors these days, because it messes with you psychologically, the sound really ups the eeriness.
In conclusion 10 Cloverfield Lane is definitely worth your time and money, it’s a cinematic experience worth witnessing in the theatre. The best way to go into this movie, is to go in with no knowledge of what’s going on, which the marketing has succeeded perfectly in doing. Each scene keeps you guessing and guessing and you never know what’s coming around the corner. Its currently number 2 on my top 3 movies of the year, so go see it.
Very enjoyable film, I couldn’t praise it enough if you didn’t already notice.