It’s the sleeper hit of 2016, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a claustrophobic thrill ride that came out of nowhere.
Producer J.J. Abrams' "secret" project (shot it under the title Valencia) has paid off. Talk about a sneak attack, 10 Cloverfield Lane is the sci-fi thriller of the year. Bad Robot kept this movie under wraps to shock you senseless, job well done. This semi-sequel to 2008’s found-footage horror show, Cloverfield, is blown completely out of the water by this film. There’s better acting, better thrills and no shaky cam, thank God! Nevertheless, 10 Cloverfield Lane still has some of the same vibes as the first one.
This psychological thriller will pinch a nerve and shatter your conscious. The outstanding cast consisting of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. and John Goodman all excel the powerhouse for the film. Winstead is killer in the role of Michelle, a young woman who finds herself locked up in a cellar after a terrible accident. While, Goodman, a doomsday prepper, fuels the film with mystery and despair. Howard (Goodman) insists that he saved Michelle’s life and that the world outside is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic catastrophe. So, did Howard save her or kidnap her? I won't tell.
Spoilers are a bitch, so I’ll let you check out the film’s surprises on your own. It's a grand directorial debut for Dan Trachtenberg as he crafts the film with style and paranoia. Scriptwriters, Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle (director of Whiplash), energize the script by keeping the audience guessing around every corner. You’ll be on the edge of your seat from beginning until end. The pulsating score along with the excellent performances are just a few elements that made this film great. All in all, 10 Cloverfield Lane kicks ass and is a riveting piece of filmmaking. I can’t wait for 11 Cloverfield Lane to arrive.
10 Cloverfield Lane is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some violence, and brief language.
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