10 Cloverfield Lane Review

Go see 10 Cloverfield Lane right now if you have free time because you will not be disappointed at all. The semi-sequel has a completely different feel to it than its predecessor. Don’t go into it thinking that it will show a ton of monsters in a city because that’s not what it is. Bad Robot did an amazing job keeping this film under wraps during its production. I didn’t know anything about it at all before the first trailer came out a few months ago. They did an amazing job keeping it secret for so long.
The performances in it were simply amazing. John Goodman stood out from the rest of the main characters though. He was SOOO creepy in it. The intense changes in his mood while inside the bunker helped raise the high tensions. He was borderline-insane in his role and I was quite surprised by his performance. I can’t imagine being stuck inside a bunker with him for an extended period of time. I’d much rather be stuck in a bunker with Helen Mirren (inside joke). Goodman was the standout in the film, but that doesn’t mean that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr were great as well.

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This is NOT the face of a happy camper.

I haven’t seen any films with those two actors in it, but they both were superb in their roles. They had great chemistry with one another. At first, it seemed like there was no connection between the two, but they grew together as time went on. I thought that Emmitt’s (John Gallagher) story before he came to the bunker was very interesting. He seemed extremely lucky.
The film wasn’t without its flaws however. There was an important air filter inside the bunker that was only accessible by crawling through a small vent. Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) was the only one small enough to crawl through it. I think that’s pretty stupid. Howard (Goodman) talked about how long it took him to build it along with the pain staking details of the project. You would think that Howard would’ve made it easier to get to because he would not be able to fit in that vent.
10 Cloverfield Lane is a claustrophobic thriller that will keep you engaged throughout its run time and will leave you wanting more after it’s done. This being director Dan Trachtenberg’s first film, I was pleasantly surprised by how tight the script and acting was. I’m excited to see what’s in store for his next film. I give 10 Cloverfield Lane a 3.5 out of 4.

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