RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 103 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION DAN TRACHTENBERG SCREENPLAY JOSH CAMPBELL, MATT STUECKEN, DAMIEN CHAZELLE STARRING MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD, JOHN GOODMAN, JOHN GALLAGHER JR. MUSIC BEAR McCREARY
10 Cloverfield Lane is brought to you by the same studio that made Cloverfield.
It’s not a sequel, nor a prequel, but a spiritual cousin as I like to describe it. It doesn’t have anything to do with Cloverfield other than be about a similar topic? Maybe? I don’t know.
Either way, as mysterious the idea behind the name of the movie is, the actual marketing of the movie was even more so. The trailer wasn’t released until 2 months ago and it hit the internet like a bomb, similar to Cloverfield in 2008. Nobody even knew this movie was being made until the trailer came. Let’s just say, when it comes to keeping things secret in Hollywood, J.J. Abrams (producer of this film) is the Zen-Master.
Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) gets into a fight it’s her boyfriend and runs off with her car. On the way she gets into an accident. She wakes up in a bunker with no idea where, when, or why she got here. Only thing she knows is that a guy called Howard (John Goodman) rescued her and another guy called Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) brought them here. But they can’t leave because according to Howard there has been an attack. But was there?
Holy shit! This movie is awesome! But I have to warn you! Do not let people tell you about the movie. The premise that I gave you is just enough. Anything more will spoil the fun. The trailer showed you just enough.
It’s basically a very self-contained mystery thriller.
The best thing about the movie and what makes it so effective is that it never tells you exactly what’s going on. One moment you will think you know what’s happening and five minutes later you are confused again, just so 10 minutes later you think you have figured it out finally. But then something happens again, and you totally have changed your mind once more about the mystery and the characters.
Really, it’s the characters and the interaction that bring so much to the plot. John Goodman as Howard is incredible! He makes you feel so uncomfortable at times, and other times you feel like he is a really good guy – being nice and taking care of Michelle and Emmett. So, is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? You will have to find out for yourself But Mary E. Winstead is also stellar. She carries you through the movie and basically is a mirror image of what you as the viewer are wondering about the situation.
It’s really a statement to the movie though. It keeps toying with you and leading you in certain directions. It keeps you on the edge of your seat because you want to find out what the hell is going on. And let me tell you, it really pays off!
At first I didn’t know how I felt about the 3rd act, but the more I thought about I was like, yeah, it has to be like that. Anything else would have felt not quite right. So, I am very happy with how it turns out. But nonetheless I have heard some people didn’t like it for reasons I don’t understand. I guess you have to judge for yourself.
But one thing is for sure. The movie is about the journey to the 3rd act, which it does perfectly.
One person I haven’t mentioned is Dan Trachtenberg, the director. He deserves all the credit he can get. It’s his first feature film and the job he did here makes me hungry to see where his career takes him from here on out. Also I have to applaud J.J. Abrams for producing this movie in secret, while being all occupied with Star Wars. Crazy!
So what can I say? If you like mystery thrillers, don’t go any further. This is your movie for the year! I’m pretty sure it ends up in my Top 10 list of 2016.