Wednesday, March 30, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

IMDb plot summary: 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.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr.

(Mild spoilers.)

Tying this story, even just in name, to the original Cloverfield movie, helped it in marketing but doesn't do much to enhance the movie itself. That being said, it's a *really* solid one-room suspense/thriller/horror/whatever movie. John Goodman is particularly excellent in it, but all three of the primary cast do a great job bringing this unique situation to claustrophobic light. The movie abruptly shifts gears in the last 10 minutes, and while it might strike some as too over-the-top compared to the first 90% of the movie, I thought it worked as a satisfying finish, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely worth a watch, and I might even end up preferring it to Cloverfield itself.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
10 Cloverfield Lane > A Little Night Music
10 Cloverfield Lane > Argo
10 Cloverfield Lane < In the Bedroom
10 Cloverfield Lane > Punchline
10 Cloverfield Lane < Barefoot in the Park
10 Cloverfield Lane > The Impostors
10 Cloverfield Lane < Philomena
10 Cloverfield Lane > Take Shelter
10 Cloverfield Lane < Birdman
10 Cloverfield Lane > Rise of the Guardians
Final spot: #406 out of 2441.

1 comment:

Zach Murphy said...

I definitely liked this film better than Cloverfield. It's such a tense thriller. And yes, Goodman is excellent.

Nice review.

- Zach