10 Cloverfield Lane - Review

10 Cloverfield Lane is an exercise in your tolerance for tense situations. The combination of wonderful acting, terrifying location, and smart writing make 10 Cloverfield Lane an amazing thriller.

Plot

10 Cloverfield Lane’s plot is a character of its own. I won’t spoil anything, but it is so incredibly smart about its twists and turns that it left me completely dumbfounded by the end. It gives the viewer very little time to comprehend any major event, which works amazingly in the movie’s favor. While the third act left a bit to be desired, it is saved from being completely wasted by Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s standout acting. 

Performances

10 Cloverfield Lane is anchored by three standout performances from John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. This is a MAJOR improvement from 2008’s Cloverfield, which is chocked full of idiot characters who have no idea how to deal with an apocalypse. 10 Cloverfield Lane opts for a much more enclosed locale, providing ample opportunity to unleash John Goodman’s rage. He is terribly unnerving throughout, as the two younger leads test his thin tolerance for patience. Gallagher Jr. is a genius addition to the cast, adding a warm, brother-like quality to the film. Winstead is an incredible lead, carrying us through her heart wrenching journey with enthusiasm and extreme unease.

Style

10 Cloverfield Lane is not a sequel to Cloverfield, rather a blood-relative to the 2008 monster flick, as said by producer J.J. Abrams. 10 Cloverfield Lane is not held back by the found footage constraints of Cloverfield, or its Godzilla-like monster. 10 Cloverfield Lane focuses on the horror of humanity, rather than the abominations outside. 

Summary

10 Cloverfield Lane is a smart, tense, and terrifying thriller that makes a compelling reason for there to be more Cloverfield movies.

Pros- Incredible acting, genius twists, constant misleading

Cons- Somewhat underwhelming 3rd act