“10 Cloverfield Lane” Review

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
John Goodman as Henry; Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle; and John Gallagher Jr. in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE; by Paramount. Image Source: comingsoon.net

10 Cloverfield Lane is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, produced by J.J. Abrams (The Force Awakens), and written by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr. The movie is about, no, wait, I am not going to tell you what the movie is about.

This review of 10 Cloverfield Lane is going to be incredibly broad, and not give up a single plot point. The reason for this is because I went in knowing nothing due to the fact that the trailer gives away little and even the pass I was given to see this movie with didn’t have a plot synopsis.

I was incredibly excited to see this movie because of all the mystery surrounding it. The first trailer, or even sign of existence, for the film, came out only two months ago, and I wasn’t sure how it would tie into 2008’s Cloverfield, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The performances are what drive this movie home, as they are absolutely excellent. Both Winstead and Gallagher Jr. are great, but it is John Goodman who steals the show. His character just feels off at times, and it made me incredibly unsure on whether or not I can trust what he is saying.

First-time director Dan Trachtenberg also does marvelous work in his debut. While I understand he worked with some real talent, the tension he creates grabs ahold of you and never lets go, and it caused me to be on the edge of my seat nearly from start to finish.

It’s hard to say what genre this film falls into, especially without spoiling, so I will say it is a mix of many genres, and it works as a solid film in all of them. As a drama, this movie does a great job, and as a thriller, even better. However, I will say that you should not expect a Cloverfield sequel; that is not what this is. This takes place in the same universe as Cloverfield but is its own movie entirely.

The reason I am trying to avoid saying anything specific about the movie is because I knew nothing about it and that made the experience so much better. I was consistently surprised with the turns this film took in tone and in its story. Everything feels off, nothing feels answered, and 10 Cloverfield Lane constantly surpassed all of my possible expectations.

I don’t have many problems with this movie, but one of them requires spoilers, so let’s just say I was not a huge fan something incredibly tiny in the final moments. Also, some of the events felt a bit coincidental, like clues to the mystery were just falling into people’s laps, but besides that, 10 Cloverfield Lane is an absolute delight.

Overall, 10 Cloverfield Lane has three top-notch acting performances in it, a lot of solid drama, and some extreme tension. Once again, know as little as possible going into this movie, because the makers of this film wanted that to happen, and it makes the whole experience much more rewarding. I loved 10 Cloverfield Lane, and I should have a review filled with spoilers coming out sometime this weekend for those who are interested.

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