SPOILERS: THIS ARTICLE IS NOT ONE TO READ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE
I realize that this film is not a direct sequel to Cloverfield but rather one that takes place in the same universe. Which is brilliant. The first Cloverfield was clouded with mystery. Any piece of information well earned and satisfying and only to raising questions. I’d visited every website, slowed down every frame revealing the monsters decent into the ocean. I even know to avoid “slusho” Ten points to Gryffindor if you did your homework as well. But I’m getting ahead of myself, this movie is a “blood relative” which I took to mean it will add to the established universe but owe nothing to it.
Simply put: Buckle your seat belts and get ready for more questions.
The beautiful monster that is 10 Cloverfield Lane. Let me start with how great of a film this thriller was. From the beginning I was on the edge of my seat. You follow Michelle running from her problems into something much worse. Awakening in a dungeon-like underground shelter with Goodman’s character being the sheriff. A strict and off beat sheriff that makes you laugh in all the wrong ways(that’s why we love him). Throughout Michelle’s journey we learn Howard’s theories on the attack: Russia, China, Koreans or the Martians. It was during this that my already perked senses reached past their peak hoping to extrapolate more juicy details on the universe. My immediate thought “No it’s another monster! Clover’s sister/brother or dare I say Mother, probably tearing the nearest city to shreds!” Then it quickly moves on to more bunker life. The film even without the last 15 minutes was great and enough to stand on its own. Part of me was on the edge of my seat itching for another piece of Cloverfield. Maybe a radio signal breaking through “New York…. Communication… attacked” For me I knew the air wasn’t contaminated because that would’ve been the case in the first movie. Part of the charm was also not knowing and learning with Michelle.
When Michelle finally escapes we see the world and almost literally feel the freedom with her. This is also where my disappointment set in and I lost the Cloverfield connection completely. So there was an alien invastion. Cool but it seems those aliens had no relation whatsoever to the Clover we all fear and love. These aliens are organized. They attack in phases to wipe out humans effectively. They use chemical warfare and have scout ships on clean-up patrol. They’re equipped with sophisticated diamond scaled armor to protect their grills.
They are an intelligent force to be reckoned with and that’s why they’ve lost my interest.
Clover was a massive creature that emerged from the depths of the ocean. It wasn’t on a mission to destroy the human race. At least that’s not what it seemed like. It was lost, the same way you would be if you awoke hungover amidst a lego city run by ants and just wanted to find comfort. It was successful in creating something that we all wanted more of. You can see that by the reception 10 Cloverfield Lane received by having that 1 word in the title. That was its whole marketing strategy.
My biggest issue is that by choosing alien invasion I already know the fate of the series. Especially with the ending we were given. Our Michelle uses her newfound courage to face not only hers but LITERALLY the world’s problems head on. Cue the Slow Clap. Driving straight to the front lines to no doubt play a key role in turning the tides of the war. After all she did manage to single handedly bring down a whole ship. You See? Now there’s no mystery. Even Clover’s backstory is immediately revealed. Granted I still want to see what happens next but that’s because I’m a sci-fi fanatic. Cloverfield had a chance to be something fresh. Instead it’s just another alien invasion flick albeit a pretty damn good one but ultimately something we’ve seen before.