10 Cloverfield Lane

John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
Rating: B+

Upon waking up from a car accident, Michelle (Winstead) wakes up in a cellar with an IV in her arm and a leg brace that is chained to the wall.

A man eventually unlocks the door to her room and explains that he saved her life. He says his name is Howard (Goodman), and that not only did he bring her out of the car accident, he will shelter her from the apocalypse going on above ground. He promises he’s not just a captor and tries to be patient with her suspicions.

Michelle finds another man living underground, one who can back-up Howard’s statement that there is either nuclear or chemical fallout about ground. Although she can’t believe it, she realizes the horrible truth when she attempts to escape and finds a woman with decaying flesh banging on the shelter door, begging to be let in. She resigns to be cooperative in the shelter.

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As the days go by, Michelle and the two men live in peace with each other until something doesn’t add up about Howard. She discovers evidence of a woman who lived in the shelter before her, one who went missing long before the apocalypse happened.

10 Cloverfield Lane proves itself to be worth the watch with its suspense and shock-and-awe factors. The director, Dan Trachtenberg, does a good job with toying with the viewers as they try to puzzle out if Howard is, in fact, a decent man. Watching Michelle be captive in an underground cellar, with no windows, makes it hard to believe whether Howard could be telling the truth or not.

Little scenes satisfy the viewer’s curiosity as to what the world outside may be like, and just as the movie seems to reach a lull, something happens to create action and it picks up again with the suspense. It’s hard to write about an intense movie such as 10 Cloverfield Lane without giving all of the interesting plots away.

What I will end with is that the ending is not one a typical movie viewer would see coming, and I loved 10 Cloverfield Lane for not disappointing.

Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/10-cloverfield-lane/review/


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