10 Cloverfield Lane


Picture Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Just like not reading the summary of a book, not knowing the full history or story of a movie can result in a lot more surprises and a better viewing experience.

Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) packs her things and leaves her home after a fight with her fiancé.  Interestingly enough her fiance does not appear in the film, instead there are only brief phone messages from him with the voice provided by Bradley Cooper.  It’s strange that such a well known actor would hold such a role that basically the camera man, the donut man, or the water guy could have filled and probably for a heck of a lot less money.  While driving at night, Michelle’s vehicle is truck by something unseen sending her vehicle off the road.  She wakes up chained to the wall in a bare cement room.  Her captor, Howard Stambler (John Goodman), explains how he rescued her and her captivity will keep her safe and alive.  It is not safe outside the bunker walls with the air being toxic and no longer safe to breathe.  As she recovers from her injuries, she meets Emmett DeWitt (John Gallagher) a fellow captive also rescued by Howard.  The three learn to live with each other in an underground bunker while Michelle tries to separate the truths from the lies.  Is Howard truly her saviour?  Can she trust Emmett? Or is something more sinister going on within the secure walls closing in around them?

When I saw the preview for this movie I knew it would be something worth watching.  It wasn’t until doing this review that I discovered that 10 Cloverfield Lane is actually a sort of sequel set in the same universe of the movie Cloverfield released in 2008.  If I had seen the movie Cloverfield or had known this, I probably would not have watched the movie and it would have taken away some of the suspense and interest.  With that being said, it was the  story and interaction between the three characters while trapped inside the bunker that really made the film.  John Goodman is usually seen as a good guy because let’s face it we all still picture him as Dan from the show Roseanne.  His performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane is chilling and will have your mind working from start to finish.

If like me you have not seen the movie Cloverfield and are unfamiliar with the franchise I suggest you put a stop to your wandering fingers and avoid googling anything that may give away too much.  10 Cloverfield Lane is a psychological thriller that will have your mind whirling and even scratching your head in the end.  I highly give this one a chance and if at all possible go into the film as blind as you can to add to the viewing experience.



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