10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

October 14, 2016

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher
Director: Dan Trachtenberg

Bottom Line: 10 Cloverfield Lane was a solid and fun suspense mystery featuring good performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman in the lead roles. Winstead’s character has a bad car accident and wakes up to find herself captive in the survival shelter of a man (Goodman) that claims a chemical attack has made the above ground world unlivable. The big mysteries of the film are whether or not Goodman’s character is telling the truth – and there are plenty pf reasons to question his intentions – and what, if anything, this film has to do with J.J. Abram’s 2008 monster film Cloverfield (Spoiler alert: he’s a not-so-secret producer on the film).

10 Cloverfield Lane is a tense, claustrophobic film with some good scares, a solid cast, and a mystery that will have you guessing until the very end.

Replay Value: I’d watch it again.
Sequel Potential: It’s hard to comment on this because you are wondering the whole film if it’s a sequel or not.
Oscar Potential: John Goodman gives a great supporting performance but it will probably be forgotten and overlooked come award season.

Grade: 6.5/10 (recommended/must see)

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