I have not seen Cloverfield. From what I’ve been told, Cloverfield was an original found-footage movie surrounding some kind of destruction toward a large American city. And the details behind 10 Cloverfield Lane were pretty hush-hush leading up to it’s release (three weeks from it’s announcement). So I had almost no idea of what to expect in 10 Cloverfield Lane. And that’s the way to go…
10 Cloverfield Lane follows Michelle, a girl running away from her boyfriend when she gets involved in a car crash. She falls unconscious from the crash and wakes up in the bunker of a man called Howard. Howard tells Michelle that everyone outside of the bunker has been killed due to contamination in the air left by an attack of some sort. Inside the bunker is also a recovering Emmet, a local boy who helped build the bunker for Howard.
I’m not going to say much about the story and I’ll try to steer as far away from spoilers as it is best to see 10 Cloverfield Lane with as little information as possible.
10 Cloverfield Lane is a fantastic movie. It’s one of the best mystery movies I’ve ever seen. 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t change the mystery-thriller genre in any way and it doesn’t try to defy the laws of it, but it does perfect. This film sent me through a roller-coaster of emotions and kept me in constant questioning.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Michelle in this film and being one of the more underrated actresses in the industry today, is great.
John Gallagher, Jr. plays the local Emmet and is great aswell. But one thing that stood out about his character was that he brought a sense of humanity to the film. Without him, the film would be a lot less than it is. A lot.
And with no surprise, John Goodman is amazing. John Goodman gives possibly one of the best performances he’s ever given being able to perfectly embody a character so complex and confronting.
The design in this film is also very well done. Every single nook and cranny of the bunker and the separate rooms within are very clearly thought out and selected to suit the scene’s needs. And the cinematography is quite colourful for a grey bunker.
Short review, 10 Cloverfield Lane is definitely worth watching and is possibly one of the best mystery-thriller movies I’ve ever seen. The whole cast (of three) is brilliant and especially John Goodman who is incredible. And this film is best experienced knowing as little as possible so don’t read any spoiler reviews.
Although the mystery and thriller elements of this film are very well made so if you’d prefer a film without conflict and would rather prefer a light watch, I wouldn’t suggest 10 Cloverfield Lane.
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