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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Review by CJ

10 Cloverfield Lane

Director:
Dan Trachtenberg

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

Other notable appearances:
Bradley Cooper

Running time:
105 minutes

 

Michelle (Winstead) awakens after a car accident to find herself locked in a doomsday bunker with Emmett (Gallagher) and Howard (Goodman). Both men claim that a disaster of some sort has occurred outside. With no way of telling what has happened to the rest of the world, Michelle must work out if either of the men are as they seem.

There isn’t a lot that I can say about the plot of 10 Cloverfield Lane that won’t spoil it. I will however say that it was really weird but very enjoyable. I went in thinking I would be seeing one type of film and left having seen something completely unexpected. Several times I thought that I had everything all worked out and then in the next scene my theory would crumble as quickly as it had formed.

I hadn’t seen Cloverfield going into 10 Cloverfield Lane. I will be interested to see if I would have been as surprised had I seen what JJ Abrams refers to as a “blood relative” of 10 Cloverfield Lane.

John Goodman’s portrayal of Howard is remarkable. I primarily think of Goodman as a comedic actor so it was fascinating to see him truly excel in something that is absolutely not comedy. A captivating and stellar performance.

The mise en scéne in 10 Cloverfield Lane is interesting and well worth observing closely. Every detail on the set feels perfect for the setting. It’s not often that I would take note of the set design or decoration but in 10 Cloverfield Lane it just pops.

There are quite a few jump scares in 10 Cloverfield Lane that I did not see coming. Apparently neither did the two women in my cinema who yelled “f#$@” a couple of times each. To be fair, I wasn’t too far behind them at one point.

A lot of aspects of 10 Cloverfield Lane were pleasantly (for a thriller) surprising. The ending was superb. The story was fascinating. If you enjoy mysteries or thrillers with a twist then this is a film that you must see.

Rating: 4/5

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