’10 Cloverfield Lane’. 9/10. Director: Dan Trachtenberg Cast: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. Rated: PG-13. Release Date: March 11, 2016
When “Cloverfield” came out in 2008, I went so deep into the viral-ness of it that I was ruined for future viral marketing campaigns. I watched the movie so carefully and caught the smallest, slightest glimpses of things meant to be missed by the normal movie goer. I spent more time than I care to admit researching theories online and reading comics about the movie. I was also really into “Lost” at the time so really, for all of this, I blame J.J. Abrams–the man usually behind this kind of thing.
I high fived a million angels when I saw the surprise trailer for “10 Cloverfield Lane” because this movie was probably the sequel I never knew I needed. So many questions surrounded this trailer! Was this a direct sequel? Was this an anthology piece? In interviews with Abrams (the ever mysterious producer) and Dan Trachtenberg (newbie and incredibly talented director), the general idea garnered was this upcoming release was a cousin in the “Cloverfield” family.
I sat, patiently, wondering what does it all mean? I couldn’t even research it like 19-year-old me used to do. But, the release date was soon. Crazy soon. Typical “J.J. did a thing and didn’t tell anybody” soon.
The premise of the movie is seen in the trailer: Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is seemingly kidnapped and being held in an underground bunker by ex-Navy man Howard (John Goodman). With them lives another man, Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), and they seem to get along just fine…except when Michelle tries to escape. Her tenacity is admirable. She’s cunning, she never stops planning, and does not stop going even when the scene has you on the edge of your seat and cringing, “she’s not going to get out of this one.”
I won’t spoil the movie. I’m trying really hard not to. I will say it is intense. It’s two hours of fun agony. John Goodman is outstanding as a former military man turned conspiracy theorist. And the big reveal as to how this story is tied into the “Cloverfield” universe? Absolutely worth the adrenaline. The climax takes the movie into a sharp left turn, something I don’t think anyone expects–but it’s executed so beautifully that I couldn’t help but watch in awe and panic, thinking “more! Please more! Further down the rabbit hole please!” This was an experience after which I thought to myself, “I wish I could see this for the first time again.”
“10 Cloverfield Lane” sets up what could possibly be a new cult series of “What Does It Mean?” films. And I will pay to see Every. Single. One.
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