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.