Tense, thrilling, and downright bone-chilling at times, "10 Cloverfield Lane" presents itself as a spiritual sequel to the 2008 film "Cloverfield" even though, to myself at least, it feels more like the start of an anthology. Like the television show "True Detective," each season is presented with an entirely new cast, with absolutely no reference to the first season. I felt roughly the same after watching this film, as it rarely ever references anything that could lead to any speculation. With all of that said, this is one of the best thrillers I have seen in a while.
Recently divorced, Michelle is kidnapped and stuffed into a shelter to live with an aging man and a man around her age. Uncovering answers and trying to escape for the majority of the film, this film masters tension. These three character interacting, had me on the edge of my seat for the entire duration and it is very rare for a film to do that for me. John Goodman delivers a terrifyingly raw performance, gluing my eyes to the screen. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. share terrific chemistry together and I wanted to keep seeing more of their interaction.
This film is (although simplistically) extremely well-shot, well-directed by first time director Dan Trachtenberg, and helms a very tightly written script. As far as the end reveal, it does feel slightly jarring compared to the rest of the film, so implore you to lower all expectations if you are wishing to compare this film to "Cloverfield." The payoff works for me, although it is the weakest portion of the film. I want to see more from this universe, especially after this conclusion. "10 Cloverfield Lane" has all the tension you could ever want in a movie and then some for the fans of "Cloverfield." Lower your expectations, and you can absolutely love watching this film like I did.
Review By: KJ Proulx
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