Review: “10 Cloverfield Lane”

By Bobby Tuzzio

If you are looking for a good movie, look no further than “10 Cloverfield Lane.” It is hands down the best science fiction movie of 2016 so far (even ahead of big budget blockbusters such as “Star Trek: Beyond” and “Independence Day: Resurgence”). It is the spiritual successor to 2008’s blockbuster “Cloverfield,” though it doesn’t share many similarities past the title. So if you were expecting a direct sequel to “Cloverfield” you will be sadly disappointed. But don’t let that stop you from seeing this flick. When I first saw the trailer, I wasn’t really interested in it. I was kind of weirded out when I saw that John Goodman was in it and playing a serious role because he is usually known for playing comedic supporting roles (e.g. Walter from “The Big Lebowski” and Roseanne’s husband on “Roseanne”).

I gave the film a shot though and saw it this summer. By the time I finished watching the film I realized that I was completely wrong in my assessment of the trailer. It was a masterpiece. I’m going to talk about the things I liked about it and then one thing that I wasn’t particularly fond of. The one thing I loved was the cast. They show extremely good chemistry with one another. There are many tense moments in the film where the characters shine. And that leads me to reason number two as to why this movie is awesome: the suspenseful and tense atmosphere. Though this isn’t a horror movie, there are some very tense moments that force you to drop your jaw in amazement when the scene ends. There is one particular scene that involves a simple game of charades that turns into one of the most tense movie scenes of all time. I’ll leave it at that.

The whole movie takes place in the bunker of a man (John Goodman) who kidnaps a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) after she becomes unconscious after a car crash. He tells her that the whole world has become uninhabitable due to a hostile event and that she can’t leave the bunker because of toxic air in the atmosphere. She meets a younger man (John Gallagher) in the bunker and the three of them are forced to stay in the bunker for a prolonged period of time while they await help from the government. Not all goes to plan as the characters start to lose trust in each other, creating tense relations between the three of them. That is all I will reveal about the plot. Just see what happens for yourself.

The setting is great. Like I said before, the whole film takes place in a bunker in the ground. It creates a very isolated and claustrophobic atmosphere, kind of like the movie “Alien.” The characters feel as though they have no connection with the outside world, and we the audience are with them in the bunker throughout the whole movie. Another reason to watch this movie is because of John Goodman. He knocks it out of the park in his role as the sick and demented Howard, the man who created the bunker. His character is so creepy and terrifying. You could never figure him out and if you watch this movie you’ll know exactly what I mean.

The one thing I didn’t really enjoy was the ending. I’m not going to reveal any spoilers but all I am going to say is that some people will be satisfied and some people will not. Though it wasn’t necessarily a bad ending I just thought that it could have been better. But like I said, it’s hit or miss. In conclusion, this movie is definitely worth a watch. It’s suspenseful and is not afraid to take risks, which it does many times. Once you finish this movie you’ll come out feeling shocked about what you just saw over the course of almost two hours.

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