10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
104 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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10 Cloverfield Lane Review


After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is an American sci-fi horror mystery movie that is 105 minutes and was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Director Dan Trachtenberg (Portal: No Escape (2011), Kickin’ (2003)) did an incredible job directing his first full-length movie, works wonders by building and releasing the tension. I like the way Dan slowly reveal information bit by bit so that we can gradually see who these characters are. The movie contains suspense that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, hidden messages, tension, thrills, drama, violence, mild language, and frightening scenes.

10 Cloverfield Lane starts with Michelle ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Final Destination 3 (2006), The Thing (2011), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)) leaving her boyfriend after a fight. She heard on the radio about several mysterious blackouts in the southern part of the United States as she drove down an isolated road. Michelle wakes up in an underground cellar after her car is blindsided resulting in her surviving the car accident. Howard ( John Goodman - Monsters, Inc. (2001), Roseanne (1988), The Big Lebowski (1998), Argo (2012)) introduced himself to Michelle. He told her that he brought her to the underground cellar (the majority of the movie takes place there) to save her life. Howard began preparing himself for an apocalypse several years ago when he started to build the underground cellar.

Howard explained to her that no one can live on Earth anymore because it was attacked by chemicals that killed everyone except for Howard, Emmet (John Gallagher Jr.) and Michelle. Michelle became very suspicious over Howard and began questioning and soon learns that his answers do not make sense. She asked Howard, who attacked them and his response was the Russians or maybe the Martians. Michelle does not believe Howard and plans on leaving, but it will be hard as Howard is never too far away and he has a terrible temper. Howard thinks that he has done the right thing and wants to be recognized and have respect from Michelle. Will she be able to leave? If she succeeds in escaping then will she survive above the bunker?

10 Cloverfield Lane can be assessed in many ways, and I am pretty sure that most viewers will have a different opinion of what the hidden messages are. I think that Howard has daddy/daughter issues and wants to recreate a family with Michelle.

John Goodman’s performances were top notch in every possible way and could not have been better; I was a tad bit scared of him. I was sympathetic towards Michelle and felt sorrow for her as she was a prisoner/captive of Howard, who has a crazy temper. I found myself feeling a little sorry for Howard as the movie progresses and we learn why he is doing what he is doing. Mary Elizabeth Winstead did an average job with her performance, and so did John Gallagher - I was expecting great acting from both of them, not average. Pay attention to the ending of the final act; it might leave you speechless because the ending lives up to its premise. Everyone should watch this film whenever possible because it was incredible.

About 10 Cloverfield Lane 2016

Title: 10 Cloverfield Lane
Original Title: Valencia
Year: 2016
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 24 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 24
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: John Goodman, Douglas M. Griffin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bradley Cooper, John Gallagher Jr., Sumalee Montano, Cindy Hogan, Jamie Clay, Mat Vairo, Suzanne Cryer, Frank Mottek, Kayla Bechor
Writers: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
Director: Dan Trachtenberg