Release date: March 11, 2016
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screenwriters: Josh Campbell, Matt Steucken, Damien Chazelle
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
Genre: Thriller, Action
Revealed only shortly before it’s release no one knew much about the film called 10 Cloverfield Lane. Everybody speculated it had something to do with the 2008 film Cloverfield. Most thought it a sequel. Well… it is in a way but, it’s more of a companion film than a sequel. It takes place in the same universe slightly after the initial attack in the first film happens. The best part is that about the movie is that it doesn’t use the aliens to create it’s conflict directly. It uses the paranoia and the sense of not knowing what’s really going outside of Howard’s (John Goodman) bunker. Michelle wakes up chained to a bed by Howard, so, you can see why she may not trust everything he says.
The cast is comprised of three actors. Three actors that have to carry a hour and 43 minute movie, and carry it they do. John Gallagher Jr. as Emmett is the comedy relief in the tense movie. He’s always there to offer some sort of goofy retort or bumpkin wisdom. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle is pretty darn good. She plays the perfect foil to Goodman’s brand of crazy. Goodman is amazing, point blank period. He controls the movie with some sort of magical force it seems as he takes over every scene he’s in. He was perfectly cast as the crazy, paranoid, Howard. He makes you unsure if he’s the bad guy you may think he is or just a man that happened to be more prepared for the end than other “normal” people. That dynamic type of character makes the movie larger than the underground bunker that dominates the scenery of the film.
Overall, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a good time at the theater. It has jump scares and makes you question characters intentions. All the psychological tension you can handle. I would reccommend it highly.