Starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. and… Well that’s about it. 10 Cloverfield Lane is a small budget, tense and claustrophobic horror film loosely based in the CLOVERFIELD universe. I say loosely because it could almost be a standalone movie until the final stages of the film. However knowing about the events of CLOVERFEILD certainly provides an extra feeling of dread for the outside world, helping make it feel all that more claustrophobic.
With stellar performances from all, Goodman plays one of finest performances of his career, a very tense and frightening guy… Not one you’d want to be trapped in a basement with. The same could be said about Mary Winstead. She was superb throughout, amazing work and certainly someone I would WANT to be trapped in a basement with.
The pacing was just right and kept your full attention throughout its 1h 43min. The tension was brought in at just the right time and at no stage does it slow down or become uninteresting. There are a few times when they attempt to build up tension and I failed to rise to it. The situations just didn’t feel as scary as the film makers tried to make out (but that could simply be because I have huge balls) however this only happens on a couple of occasions near the beginning of the film. The tension is ramped up towards the climax and the last 30 minutes absolutely flew by!
Don’t be fooled! This is not a direct sequel to Cloverfield! It is a much smaller, tighter story and I honestly feel it is superior to its predecessor in every way! The shaky, found footage style of CLOVERFIELD is thrown out (Thank god!) and the characters are a million times more interesting! Special effects are used sparingly and really only come into play at the end. The dialogue is brilliant (especially Goodmans!) helped by the fantastic execution and the story keeps you guessing right up until the end.
Intense performances and the ever changing storyline keeps you hooked from start to finish. A brilliantly executed film! Bunker up!
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