10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Movie Review

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

2016 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
103 minutes / 1h 43min

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10 Cloverfield Lane Plot Synopsis:

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there?

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Review

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.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.94
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • MetaCritic: 7.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.9

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About 10 Cloverfield Lane 2016

Title: 10 Cloverfield Lane
Year: 2016
Runtime: 103 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.97/5 stars from 248,242 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 248,242 MPAA Rating: PG-13
10 Cloverfield Lane Cast Starring: John Goodman, Douglas M. Griffin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bradley Cooper, Kayla Bechor, John Gallagher Jr., Sumalee Montano, Cindy Hogan, Jamie Clay, Mat Vairo, Suzanne Cryer, Frank Mottek
10 Cloverfield Lane Writers: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
10 Cloverfield Lane Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Box Office: $59,481,553
Production: Bad Robot Productions
Website: http://www.10cloverfieldlane.com/
Language: English
Country: USA