10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
First of all, if you want to watch ’10 Cloverfield Lane’, make sure to avoid any kind of spoilers on the internet. I will try to write this review without spoilers, even if it’s a bit difficult considering the movie I just witnessed.
’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is an amazing mystery/suspense movie that serves as a sequel to the 2008 hit ‘Cloverfield’. I have to say, it’s hard to tell if the greatness of this movie is going to hold up in 10 years because of how everything surrounding the movie made it better, but I really really liked it.
Me and my friend tried to avoid the spoilers on the internet and read as less as possible on the movie before we went to see it. Fortunately, the brilliant marketing campaign did not reveal anything about the story, and the fact that it was a sequel to ‘Cloverfield’ is going to make you constantly guess. Is it a traditional horror/suspense movie? Is it a monster movie? Where are the monsters? WHAT IS GOING? (Pretty much what I kept asking myself all along the movie)
John Goodman was incredible, definitely the standout of this movie. The soundtrack was great, some jukebox oldies and a thrilling score.
The movie starts with Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) driving off from her marriage and taking the road to leave her husband. This is made with a perfect montage, and there’s no dialogue for the first 4-5 minutes of the movie. Then, things take a turn and we are transported to the bunker you saw in the trailers.
I will say it again, go watch this film, and don’t read anything about it on the internet. I can’t recall the last time a movie kept me guessing like this one. If you tend to get bored and tired by the usual clichés in movies, buy your ticket to ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ and enjoy your time at the movies.
It isn’t very often that you can go see a movie at the theater and not have the slightest idea of where it’ll take you. Even more rare is when a movie like that delivers a wholly original story that’s even more satisfying than you ever thought it would be.
’10 Clover-field Lane’ is a perfect reminder that films can still surprise us, delight us, and horrify us in a way that’s never been done before. Mark my words, Dan Trachtenberg will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. His feature length directorial debut is a showcase for his absolute confidence and strength as a storyteller and filmmaker, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.
As far as acting is concerned, Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives her best performance yet, and shows us a strong lead character who’s completely believable in a situation that plays out like a horrible nightmare. Speaking of bad dreams, John Goodman turns in a performance unlike anything he’s ever done before, and manages to be both strangely sweet and unbearably creepy. And John Gallagher, Jr. nails his roll perfectly and adds some much needed levity to a story that’s almost overwhelmingly claustrophobic.
I’ve been thinking about what film I could use to compare ’10 Clover-field Lane’ to, and while I think even a comparison to a specific film might give too much away, I feel safe in saying that it is absolutely Hitchcock. It’s a brilliant, brilliant movie that’s told in the best possible way: by showing, not telling.