10 Cloverfield Lane

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is a suspense film, told from the point of view of a young woman named Michelle, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  The movie opens with Michelle packing up to leave her boyfriend.  It’s clear that they’ve had an argument, and she’s leaving him.  And from the messages he leaves on her phone, you know that he wants to reconcile, but she’s not having anything to do with it.

After an auto accident, she finds herself in a survivalist bunker, ruled over by Howard, played by John Goodman.  Along with Howard, is a young man named Emmett, played by John Gallagher Jr.  Howard tells her that the world she knew outside of the bunker no longer exists.

The whole cast is good, but I love John Goodman, and have ever since I saw him in “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”.  And he is great here.  He has a scary intensity, with things going on beneath his surface, that you can only guess at.  The story is not TOTALLY unpredictable, but it’s still fun to watch the drama unfold.

I have to mention that the film is not meant to be a sequel to the movie “Cloverfield”.  In fact, the movie was originally going to be based on a script that was not tied to the Cloverfield universe at all.  And that kind of has me split as to what to think with regards to the suggested tie-in of the title.  Unfortunately, I cannot go into much detail without giving major spoilers.

That said, the movie itself is worth seeing, because of the great cast and the suspense.  This is NOT a monster movie though, like Cloverfield was.  So if that’s what you are looking for, I would not recommend seeing it.    But if you want a decent suspense film, (a genre that is not all that popular nowadays) this will adequately fit the bill.  I’m not sure exactly how I feel about the ending, but the acting more than makes up for any misgivings I have about that.

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