Mary Elizabeth Winstead while driving away from her relationship problems is rammed off the road and sustains some fairly severe leg injury and a concussion. When she awakens she finds herself chained up in a strange bunker. She later finds out that John Goodman has possibly captured her and that a massive fallout has possibly happened above ground. She may have to spend the next two years down here with John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. – who is also in the bunker.
Ok so first of all this isn’t a Cloverfield sequel, nor does it actually have anything to do with Cloverfield other than a group of producers. The link in the name is purely for marketing reasons and that’s fair enough, I’m glad this film is getting the wide distribution that comes with being associated with Cloverfield because it really deserves it.
Actually I think that the best way to watch 10 Cloverfield Lane would be to know as little as possible. I went in having only seen the first trailer and the title, and I loved it. Before I start talking about how great the film was though, let’s take a moment to mention how great that first trailer was. Honestly that trailer, I think, is one of my favourite all time trailers. And it understood that trailers are supposed to make you want to see the film, not to let you see the film – Genisys, Batman v Superman are you listening.
10 Cloverfield is an absolute triumph, it’s a tense thriller right from the first couple of minutes and it just keeps building and building swaying your allegiances this way and that before just completely letting rip in the final third. Now I can see why some people may have been turned off by the last part, because you are either with it or against it. There is no way anyone is passively watching the last fifteen minutes. Myself, I was completely hooked and thought it completely worked and I hope you will too.
The performances are all exceptional. John Goodman who these days tends to only play comedic roles is completely brilliant and unnerving reminding me to some extent of his performance in Barton Fink. John Gallagher Jr. is solid as the third inhabitant of the bunker, he does has comparatively less to do but really shines in one particular scene. But of course the real star of the film is Mary Elizabeth Winstead who carries the audience through the movie. She completely translates the viewer’s fears and confusion in a way that leaves you unable to do anything but completely root for her.
Really I don’t want to say any more about the film because I really advise people to go in knowing as little as possible. It really is terrific, and actually much better than Cloverfield which I was never a massive fan of personally.