Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

A review of the new movie 10 Cloverfield Lane

Cloverfield Lane

Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

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

Sullywood Rating: 9/10

My Thoughts:

To call 10 Cloverfield Lane a sequel to Cloverfield is like calling Hayden Christensen a good actor….it’s unpractical, it’s irresponsible, and it’s just plain wrong.  To put it very bluntly, this was my favorite film of 2016 so far.  I loved every minute of this thrill ride and am tempted to go back this very moment and see it again.

As far as what the story is and what this film is trying to accomplish, it’s about as perfect as you can get.  Special effects?  Who needs them when you have some of the most intense scenes that frequently occur around the most simple of settings…like the dinner table.

There are 2 things that keep this movie, which takes place mainly in a survival bunker, interesting, and that’s the mysteriousness of John Goodman’s character and the every looming theory of what is exactly happening outside of said bunker.

Without sounding over dramatic, Goodman is masterful as the bunker owner Howard and every single second he is on screen your eyes and brain won’t stop paying attention to every word uttered and every movement made.  If Goodman’s name is not at least thrown out in discussion during awards season, something is very wrong.

As far as what lurks outside of the bunker our characters are forced to call their new home, I would imagine the result is a lose/lose for the writers/director.  Without spoiling anything too big…..Yes! You do find out whether something has happened or not outside of the bunker.  Unfortunately I think a movie like this can be doomed with whatever conclusion it creates.  You’ll have people that will absolutely love the ending and you’ll have some that will say the inevitable tough crowd phrase “That’s it….how disappointing”.

If you’re going to take my word for it….yes, please see this movie…hands down.  Not only is it a great popcorn movie, but it’s also a fantastic piece of storytelling.  The direction, cinematography, and editing were top notch.  The acting was fantastic from all of the actors.  If you do end up seeing 10 Cloverfield Lane, when you first sit down, you might as well just scoot up to the edge of your seat, cause you’ll end up there anyway.