10 Cloverfield Lane hits theaters this week, and it looks like audiences will be going into the movie much like the audience back in 2008 did with Cloverfield, not really knowing what the movie is about. Of course, back in 2008 we knew that New York City was being destroyed by something, but we didn't know what. Now, it's 2016 and we know we're going into a bunker, but we don't know what's outside of it. J.J. Abrams is great at keeping his mysteries, but he's a man that we can trust to deliver a great movie.
Cloverfield followed four people as they evaded a monster destroying their city to find their friend, Beth. The beauty of Cloverfield is that the monster truly didn't matter, it was this journey of four people who were willing to risk their own lives in this carnage to save their friend.
When I talk to people who hate the movie Cloverfield, I usually get the response that they didn't focus enough time on the monster. This is my reasoning for not liking 2014's Godzilla, because in a movie called Godzilla, I expect way more Godzilla. This is not a problem for me in Cloverfield, though. It could've been the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, and Cloverfield would still be the same movie.
People know that Cloverfield is about a dinosaur-like creature who destroys NYC, but what makes 10 Cloverfield Lane and hopefully even more spin-offs and sequels more exciting, is that there is no story to tie this universe down. People who have seen the original movie know nothing about this monster. We don't know where it came from, we don't know what it is, we don't know if it's still alive, and we don't know if there's more creatures like this one outside of NYC. The universe is completely open, and it looks like Abrams and company are going to run with that, because according to an interview with Abrams,
"While the Cloverfield monster isn’t in this movie, there’s a new monster and there’s something else that happens… but I don’t want to ruin the ending."
This allows viewers to assume that there are more monsters that have popped up around the globe, and we still don't know if the monster from the original is still alive or not. This should be exciting for fans of the movie, because each movie can be completely different, but yet still connect to this chaotic universe where monsters are attacking and people have to adapt to this grim world.
So, what do we know about 10 Cloverfield Lane based on our knowledge Cloverfield? We know that there is one character who survived the attacks of the NYC monster. Lily was able to escape on the helicopter before Rob, Beth, and Hud's helicopter crashed. Could Lily possibly show up again in this Cloverfield universe? We can assume that Manhattan has been completely destroyed, but once again we don't know if the monster or its spider-like spawns are still around. We also know that a bite from these creatures causes some kind of disease, so could that be a factor in the sequel?
Could the disease somehow become airborne? Is this why our new characters are in a bunker, and John Goodman's character doesn't want her going outside? I'm sure all these questions will be answered in due time, but Abrams definitely has his audience intrigued.