ByCarl Lister, writer at

10 Cloverfield Lane is a great many things more than I thought it would be.

That's not to say I wasn't expecting quality, but more that I wasn't expecting it to walk the line of so many genres in a relatively short (clocking in at around 1hour 40) space of time.

It successfully touches on comedy, thriller, horror, drama, mystery and more. In particular switching between comedy and (some quite dark) thriller tones brilliantly. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. both do their bit in easing the genre-switching but it's John Goodman who in some shape or form embodies all of these genres as he takes on the role of wrecking ball and wrecked. Switching at the drop of a hat.

If you know JJ Abrams, then you know what you're in for. I have been a fan of his since Lost first dropped (Christ) 12 years ago. While it lost its way in some rather large and peculiar ways, I totally loved his story-telling theory. The Mystery Box.

10 Cloverfield Lane hinges on this whole concept. This idea of revealing tidbits of information - leading to more questions and more tidbits - are what I love in filmmaking, and this guy just gets it.

Abrams' has learnt a lot since Lost, he's applying the same theories but adding stronger foundations and solid endings to his story-telling, it's no better seen here with 10 Cloverfield Lane.


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