Film Review | 10 Cloverfield Lane

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

I wasn’t a fan of the single-cam first person perspective, Cloverfield (2008), with its vomit-inducing motion sickness approach to story telling. So it was heartening to hear 10 Cloverfield Lane was a stand-alone film with no ties to the original, for lack of a better word.

10 Cloverfield Lane isn’t necessarily a sequel. Nor is it a prequel. It just happens to live in the same universe with a whole new director, Dan Trachtenberg, and an incredible producer who has become more than a household name – J.J. Abrams we salute you!

When Michelle (Mary Elisabeth Winstead) wakes up from a horrific car crash trapped alone in a dimly lit concrete cell, her would-be captor, Howard (John Goodman) soon puts terror to rest as he explains she wasn’t kidnapped, she was actually saved, not from the crash, but from some apocalyptic event requiring they remain in the underground airtight bunker, made quite homely, for at least two years!

Another young survivor, Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) soon joins the pair on their extensive hiatus from reality, but as you’d expect things become apparent not all is well in the little underground home away from home.

Hard-earned trust is easily broken as clues and mysteries simmer to the surface. The claustrophobic tension increases as crisis slowly begins eating away at the subterranean trio…

The true strength of 10 Cloverfield Lane rests heavily on superb performances by the actors themselves, most particularly John Goodman.

I love it when a role is executed so flawlessly you forget you’re watching a well-recognised actor. Their identity becomes entangled in the character they’re portraying, and without realising it, it’s all you can see. Think Cathy Bates in Misery!

Definitely making it into my top 3 films of the year so far, 10 Cloverfield Lane draws you in as an immersive experience like a frightful work of art – a film to truly get lost in.

 

 

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