DVD Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane


Would you believe it?

Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has just left her fiance and while driving away from the city she's run off the road. She wakes up in an underground bunker with Howard (John Goodman) who tells her there was an attack on Earth and radiation poisoning is in the air. There's also Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) in the bunker with them. He helped Howard build this before everything went down. Michelle becomes increasingly uneasy with Howard, even though she sees proof that he's not lying about what's happening outside. She and Emmett start plotting an escape. 

I never planned on seeing this, but when early reviews came in, they were good. They also mentioned to go in as unspoiled as you could, so that's what I did. I've maybe read two reviews in full about this film. I skimmed the rest and went straight to the ratings to help form my opinion, and I'm glad I did. This film was great not knowing a lot about it. It really doesn't have anything to do with first Cloverfield at all. I'm assuming they're happening simultaneously. 

Winstead is great, she always is. Michelle is a quick thinker and her bullshit meter rightfully goes off the charts. I love seeing Gallagher Jr in this type of role. I loved him in The Newsroom and he's fantastic here as well. Goodman is perfectly creepy. I feel like I've been watching him play the same character over and over recently, but the same cannot be said for this film.

It's nice to be surprised by something like this. I'm glad I watched it.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B+

Memorable Quote: "Howard has a black belt in conspiracy theory." - Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.)

11 comments:

  1. Yes! I'm so glad you liked this. John Goodman was absolutely terrifying, there were so many 'nope' moments that I couldn't hide from in the cinema!
    - Allie

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    1. He was a total creep and it just kept getting worse. lol

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  2. Yeah, John Goodman was scary good in this.

    - Zach

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  3. Yessss! This one was surprising for me, too. Thought the three leads were all fantastic.

    Honestly, I think it would have been better without the Cloverfield connection, even as loose at was. I was thinking about those spider-aliens the whole time (which sorta made the end....a bit of a boner killer)!

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    1. Yeah I was thinking that too - unless they keep it up and start producing a whole string of interconnected Cloverfield anthology films, I think the link is kinda sketchy and more of a marketing brainwave.

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    2. I think they are making more Cloverfield movies, I believe the last news story I read was that the next one will directly connect the first two.

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  4. Cool review! I can't wait to watch this. Winstead and Goodman looked really great.

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  5. I watched this on DVD too.... I did like that I wasn't really sure what the hell was going on. Was Goodman's character telling the truth? Was he crazy? I am glad I passed on watching it in the theater.. not sure if it was worth the cost.

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    1. I believe he was telling the truth about the outbreak, but that doesn't excuse him from being a creepy murderer and severely fucked up in the head. "little princess" - That scene freaked me out more than the ending.

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