Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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If you follow me on twitter (@TheMarckoguy #ShamelessPlug) you would know that I made a poll a few weeks ago. And in that poll I asked people to vote for what movie they would prefer to see a review for out of four different choices… and this movie won! So let’s review this thing!

Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to… “10 Cloverfield Lane”.

After a car crash, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground bunker. Apparently she was brought there by Howard (John Goodman) right before some big attack happened. And according to Howard no one can leave the bunker because of the outside world being a hell on earth after said attack. So now Michelle is trying to figure out what the hell actually happened while also being stuck in this bunker with Howard and another man named Emmett (John Gallagher Jr). So from that we get a very tense and suspenseful plot with several twists and turns throughout… and I absolutely loved it. The amount of suspense generated throughout the movie is astounding. But it’s not just tense thrills, there is also a good amount of compelling drama being generated. I was invested into the plot throughout the entirety of the runtime and I thought it was great. Sure the ending was a bit weird in comparison to everything that preceded it, but I didn’t mind it too much.

The characters in this movie are very compelling and very interesting. Usually the girl in a horror-thriller tends to be really inept and useless… but not Michelle! She was clever, she was resourceful, and she felt like a real person. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead was absolutely terrific in the role. John Gallagher Jr was great in his role, playing Emmett as a sort of comic relief without actually making the humor feel out of place. John Goodman… holy fucking shit, you guys. I’m not just saying this as a lifelong fan of this man, I’m saying it because he was legitimately terrific in this movie. Yeah, it’s easy to say “Wow, John Goodman was so good in that!”, but this is a movie where he truly impressed me. His character was so unsettling, jumping back and forth between reasonable man and borderline psycho on a whim. Yeah, I loved him in the movie. Shit, I would say that I love everybody in this movie, they’re all great in their roles.

The score for this movie was composed by Bear McCreary and it was pretty fucking great. The way that the score was able to add to the drama and the tension was really impressive and I thought that it was just really great. There were a few licensed songs on the soundtrack too that I thought worked for the scenes they were in.

This movie was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and raise your hand if you knew about him prior to this movie. Yeah, I can tell that no hands were up right there. But I don’t blame you, because this was his frist feature film. And what a way to start out your career withinthe world of feature films. The movie is tightly directed, perfectly using the isolated location to build tension. It’s a very good looking movie too, being visually appealing without needing huge landscape shots or fancy “Birdman”-ish camera tricks. It’s perfectly fine with it’s tight shots and tense situations.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is one of those movies that just came out of fucking nowhere, surprised both audiences and critics with it’s quality and mere existence. It has a terrific plot (ending a little weird though), great characters, terrific acting, great music, and terrific direction. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a 9,87/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “10 Cloverfield Lane” is now completed.

Take me down to 10 Cloverfield Lane, Where the Winstead’s hot and the Goodman’s crazy. TAKE. ME. HOME.

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6 thoughts on “Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

  1. I love this movie. It was just a good story and (like you said) it came out of nowhere. Even though you can tell where the original script ended and the new one began, its a great movie that’s intense and played by good actors.

  2. “Twists and turns” is right! You could not tell what was going to happen next – John Goodman’s character really keeps you on edge, doesn’t he?

    As for the ending, it was completely over the top and I loved it. I really enjoyed your review, too! 🙂

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