Please be aware, in this review I will be talking and discussing aspects of the movie. While the marketing has kept this mystery tone towards the film, knowing anything about this movie is a minor spoiler in itself. For those who won’t read it, IT IS A MUST WATCH! However, go into the movie knowing basically nothing about it, as the way that the trailer had wanted.
While the first film was released eight years ago, back in 2008 with the titled film ‘Cloverfield’, reactions were at best mixed, however critics seemed to embrace this style of sci-fi film-making, scoring a 77% “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. Now fast-forwarding to 2016, we have the spin-off, or perhaps a sequel?, to the 2008 movie titled ’10 Cloverfield Lane’. This is the sequel that nobody expected, working on a title as ‘Valencia’, which was previously titled as ‘The Cellar’, it was only revealed two months prior to the film’s premiere of January 2016 that ‘Valencia’ was actually the spin-off ’10 Cloverfield Lane’, too much to people’s surprise, and that shock fueling blogs and news outlets, promoting the film in a two month window – not your usual marketing advertisement, which I applaud as these days trailers spoil too much (e.g. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’).
Should be worth mentioning that I have never seen ‘Cloverfield’, so I went into this film not knowing what I was going to expect.
’10 Cloverfield Lane’ stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr., and was directed by Dan Trachtenberg.
The film’s premise starts off when Michelle runs away from her life, and her fiancé Ben, she drives off to Louisiana when she hears on the radio of blackouts happening across different cities. When she suddenly becomes involved in a car crash, she is rescued by a man, keeping her safe in his bunker, from the true horrors of the outside world.
This film is very confronting, it feels as if you are in the bunker with these characters, making you feel claustrophobic, yet the film’s beauty is the true tension that the film brings, as three strangers try to live together, not knowing anything about them, making you question if you trust them or not. The film essentially explores the three main characters, and questioning their reasons and motifs, as this film sets up as a dramatic thriller for the majority of the film’s running time, as they try to survive. I really loved this film’s dramatic tension, and while there are similarities with ‘Room’ – mainly the film’s central location, the film features twists and turns that sets it apart.
The acting performances are incredible, however Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the true star of the film.
’10 Cloverfield Lane’ features brilliant acting performances, great writing and character development, and a few moments of fun and humour, ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is one of the year’s best (and it is only March).