10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Posted: June 25, 2016 in Movie Review
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10 Cloverfield Lane

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg

Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr

10 Cloverfield Lane came out of nowhere earlier this year, with no advance news that a “sequel” was being made to the hit monster movie that came out in 2008. It was almost the antithesis of the marketing blitz that surrounded the original movie, which makes a lot of sense after you watch the movie.

The majority of 10 Cloverfield Lane takes place in an underground bunker, so it really relies on its cast and script to pull you in. The script is tight, and keeps you guessing about what is really going on, both in the bunker, and in the world outside. John Goodman absolutely chews scenery every time he is on the camera. I can’t recall ever seeing him portray someone so unnerving. I’d love to see him get some awards recognition, but we all know that’s very difficult to achieve in this genre. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also masterful in her role, but overshadowed by Goodman.

If there is a weak spot to 10 Cloverfield Lane, it’s the climax. Without going into too much detail, this is where the movie is tied into the franchise, at least loosely. On one hand it feels a bit “bolted on” but it also sets the movie apart from other thrillers. I’m reserving ultimate judgment until I get a chance to watch the movie again. For now, it doesn’t deter me from thinking this will be one of the top genre movies of 2016.

 

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