WOW! 10 Cloverfield Lane is definitely the most surprisingly good movie of 2016 so far!
I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but the new movie in the Cloverfield series, just released in theaters on Friday, is a psychological sci-fi thrilling rollercoaster of mystery and suspense.
Following the main character Michelle, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the film starts out like a silent movie. No talking, just music and good acting. We watch as Michelle packs and heads out on the road (leaving her keys to the apartment on the table). While traveling to her destination, she ends up in a nasty car accident. She awakens, chained to a wall in an underground shelter with 2 men who tell her that while she was unconscious, there was a widespread airborne chemical attack that has killed off the majority of the human population. Skeptical, Michelle fights to discover the truth of her circumstances, resulting in a crazy, twisted plotline that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Actors John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. are Howard and Emmitt, the other survivors in the shelter. The chemistry between the three actors is superb and all three give great performances.
The directing of the movie by Dan Trachtenberg, was also spot on, along with the editing, shots, angles, and lighting to create the moods of confusion, uncertainty, shock, mystery, and terror.
To add to that, the music of the film was composed by Bear McCreary. You may know his music from The Walking Dead, Outlander, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coming from a movie-goer who stays away from anything even remotely resembling the horror or thriller genres, I give 10 Cloverfield Lane a 7.5 out of 10 and recommend it to anyone looking for an intense movie ride.
Check out the trailer here.