10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) ★★★★★

Something’s coming… 

A young woman named Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), is involved in a bad car accident and wakes up finds herself locked in a room, chained to a wall by her leg. She soon realises she is in the company of two men: Howard (John Goodman) her captor, and Emmett (John Gallager Jr). Howard claims to have saved Michelle’s life after the accident. He also informs her the air outside is contaminated due to an attack, therefore no one can leave.

Produced by J.J. Abrams, 10 Cloverfield Lane is the second instalment to Cloverfield (2008). Though, it is important that as an audience, you know that it is not a sequel, nor is it a reboot to the original found footage film. All three actors are simply outstanding. Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives an exceptional performance as Michelle, mastering a diverse range of emotions, and showing her character is more than capable of being independent, as well as smart. John Goodman is brooding as Howard – his intentions remain unclear throughout. Is he lying? Or is he telling the truth? John Gallager Jr. is good as Emmett, but isn’t given as much material to work with as Winstead and Goodman. The unsettling shelter setting provides us with a claustrophobic feeling, of which the protagonists must feel whilst experiencing such an eerie series of events. This low budget film and small-scale cast reflects how you don’t need huge, epic landscapes and big budget special effects in order to captivate an audience. To enhance your viewing experience, ensure that you go into it knowing minimum facts about the narrative, avoid spoilers at all costs.

10 Cloverfield Lane serves as an intense and absorbing psychological thriller, with a hell of a lot of nail-biting moments to offer. Not only does it play with your expectations, it plays with your mind. Guaranteed to be your least relaxing cinematic experience in some time.

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20 thoughts on “10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) ★★★★★

  1. I loved the first film, and I was so glad that they didn’t resort to rehashing elements from it for this one. The small scale really built up the mystery and suspense, and I’m curious to see where they’ll take the series next. Fantastic review! I completely agree.

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  2. Great review! I’d love to hear what you thought about the ending. No spoilers for other readers but I liked it as its own thing. Not sure it worked perfectly with the rest of this film though.

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    • Thank You! The ending has certainly generated a lot of discussion. Personally, I loved it. I found it clever how it was left ambiguous, leaving us as an audience craving more. The “creature” also subverted our expectations, which only adds to the narrative. I thought it was unique, and thankfully didn’t end in a car crash, just like how it started. I feel it could have ended much worse.

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    • I saw this and felt like replying. I thought the ending came out of no where. The entire movie was full of sensible and thought out writing where Michelle was cryptic and skillful when she was devising her plans. The intense action did not fit in with the rhythm that was established through the rest of the movie. I thought it was a little overboard and pointless. I also have a review of the film on my blog is you want to check it out

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  3. I never saw the original, so I was a bit wary but like you said, it turned out I didn’t need any prior knowledge! That is until the last 20 minutes I was a little thrown off hahah. Thought it was a great movie, though!

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      • I liked the way your review is short n sweet. No spoilers and highly intriguing. Also, your page is highly immersive. Very ‘lets go to the movies’ feel to it. Nice Nice Nice !
        On a different note, i was hoping the movie would be a sequel to the original Cloverfield 🙂 because I loved that one even more.

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      • Wow, thank you so much. Means a lot to hear such lovely feedback! I agree, it’s very different how they’ve made it clear how it’s not a sequel in any form. That’s interesting, I actually preferred this one to 2008’s Cloverfield. Thanks again for commenting!:-)

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  4. Its good to see diversity of opinion on a film. I thought this one was an Oscar contender until it hit the last segment of the story. For me, it was shatteringly disappointing to the extent that it lost all narrative and thematic credibility. Check out my take on it and see what you think. PS: I’m now a follower.

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