Last night, J.J. Abrams did what he does best a dropped a surprise trailer on everyone. The Internet quickly went into meltdown because it has the word Cloverfield in the title. Before we start, let me just say this: I do not think that this is a sequel to the awesome Matt Reeves-directed monster movie from 2008. I tend to agree with Drew at HitFix on this one:
Without further ado, let's take a look at the new trailer!
The music choice in the trailer is nothing short of perfect. I Think We're Alone Now by Tommy James and The Shondells, when played over the top of some of the imagery we're about to see, is unnerving, tense, and sometimes downright scary.
There's something inherently cool about John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead making sandwiches. Nothing else, just making sandwiches. It seems like Goodman's character is trying to make their situation feel like a family environment (as does lots of the early imagery in the trailer), but looking at Winstead's expression here, her character has some severe reservations.
This shot made me laugh out loud. I've watched the trailer three or four times now, and this shot gets me every time. A great way to make us smile before the tension really starts to build, and we get to see the great John Goodman show off his twerking skills. It's a work of art.
4. An Earthquake
Here we get our first good look at the bunker these guys are living in. As far as underground bunkers go, it seems pretty nice. Right at this moment, everything in the bunker begins to shake, the music dramatically slows and we get a distinct feeling that the fun times are well and truly over. Lights go out, someone's got a gun, this definitely doesn't look good...
Nope, not good at all. Someone (or something?) is chained to a pipe and desperately trying to escape. Following the earthquake-y moments, everything certainly seems to be taking a turn for the worse.
6. An Air Duct
Nothing good ever comes from crawling through an air duct. This is a very brief shot, but much like the last two shots I mentioned, it does an incredible job of pushing that tension further. This is only a trailer, and I'm already worried for these guys!
We're past the point of building tension now, and into outright danger. Everything's burning, there's a mysterious chemical barrel, someone's sharpening a wooden stake. It's all gone crazy. Our characters seem to have changed instantly; Goodman looks completely insane, Winstead suddenly resembles a frightened child, and John Gallagher Jr. — who has remained calm and collected throughout the entire trailer — does a wonderful job of appearing genuinely terrified.
John Goodman. That is all.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a great actress, and she proves that yet again in this trailer. This shot makes me wonder if this flick is nothing short of outright horror. Whatever she's seen out of the window definitely isn't good.
There's a reason this is the first word of the title we see. J.J. Abrams knows exactly how fans of Cloverfield will feel when they see this (for the record, I got goosebumps).
Well, there you have it. 10 Cloverfield Lane is due to hit US theaters on March 11, and us poor Brits have to wait until April. While you're waiting, I would urge you all to watch the trailer for yourselves, because it really is excellent. I'll even put it right here for you:
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