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10 Cloverfield Lane is the type of movie that literally comes out of nowhere and generates massive amounts of hype within only a few weeks. The marketing for this film goes to prove that you don’t need to release a trailer a year in advance to get people excited. 10 Cloverfield Lane released its first trailer in mid-January and look at how many people are excited about it!
10 Cloverfield Lane stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. The plot follows Michelle (Winstead) after she wakes up from a horrible car accident to realize she has been taken against her will to a survival bunker. Her “kidnapper” by the name of Howard (Goodman) tells her that there has been a nuclear fallout and that it is too dangerous to go outside. Tensions arise as her and Emmet, the third person in the bunker, start to doubt the validity of Howard’s claims. So what’s going on with 10 Cloverfield Lane? How does it connect to 2008’s Cloverfield?
Personally, I enjoyed 10 Cloverfield Lane a lot, until the ending. The majority of the film focuses on these three characters, and for that entire time I would say that 10 Cloverfield Lane was awesome! Each of these characters was completely their own individual and they felt like real people. They all had good and bad sides. You cared about these characters and were legitimately interested in the overall story.
The acting in the film was one of the major factors that contributed to the film’s believability. All three of the main character did fantastic jobs. Goodman was able to convey the legitimate concern and paranoia of his character so well. Winstead and Gallagher also worked extremely well as these people that didn’t really know what was going on and were wary of trusting this strange man.
The overall atmosphere that the film developed as it went on was great. The entire time, you had this sense of uneasiness. Even in scenes where everything seemed to be hunky-dory, there was always something about it that felt off. Whenever that sense of nervousness would come to a point it was extremely well done. When everything seemed to go wrong, you were literally on the edge of your seat worried about what was going to happen. This is due to a well-mixed blend of atmosphere, interesting characters, and a very intriguing plot.
I would also like to point out that this is the first film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. So, I am very excited to see what this guy does next, because for his first time out, he knocked it out of the park.
However, like I said earlier, the ending of this film is what really brought it down for me. My biggest complaint with the film is the fact that it was a Cloverfield film. This film did NOT need to take place in the Cloverfield universe. It could have very easily been its own entity, and at times it felt as if it was meant to be until somebody decided to slap the name Cloverfield onto it!
It seemed as if the ending to this film was taken out of a completely separate movie! The film just so suddenly switched tone and turned from a thriller into a sci-fi film that it jars the audience out of the film and leaves them confused and wondering where the rest of the movie went!
So, overall, I thought everything about 10 Cloverfield Lane was great. Except for the flip-flopped ending and the fact that it actually turned into a Cloverfield film. It’s an odd complaint to have, but this film would have worked much better as its own thing. I would still recommend you see it, as the first hour and a half were great! It’s just the last 15 minutes that really drag it down.
So what did you think of 10 Cloverfield Lane? Did you enjoy the ending? Would you have rather seen this be its own entity? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this review, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So check back then for more movie reviews and other miscellaneous movie thoughts!
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