With not a lot of advertising, many thought that this would be a direct sequel to the movie “Cloverfield”. However, watching the trailers, it seemed as if this was a separate movie altogether. J.J. Abrams has said in a statement that this movie was “connected” to “Cloverfield”. But, it doesn’t matter. The storyline in “10 Cloverfield Lane” was its own self-contained story.
The story starts wout with Michelle (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) driving in her car at night. She gets into a car accident and wakes up in cellar, with her leg chained to a wall. Along comes Howard (played by John Goodman) who tell her that he saved her from the outside world. He believes outside of his cellar/bunker in radiation, zombies, & other post-apocalyptic elements. So, he brought Michelle in to protect her, and she is free to live the rest of her days in his bunker. Also living in the bunker is Emmett (played by John Gallagher Jr.), who forced his way in after seeing something outside the bunker.
This appears to be a multi-layered film. I think there is a lot more to the story than what we see on-screen. The movie may need to be seen a few times in order to pick up on everything (similar to “Mulholland Dr.”). There are all these little clues to what really happened that the main characters miss, but we, the audience, notice. One small thing that I noticed was that the gas station Michelle goes to at the start of the movie may be the same one that was destroyed in the movie “Super 8”. I may be wrong about that, though.
This movie proves that you don’t need a necessarily big budget to make a good movie. Even with only 3 main characters & a small confined location, the suspense and tension created during many of the scenes were some of the best written scenes that I have watched in a very long time. I was, literally, on the edge of my seat. And that is very difficult to do for most movies, for me anyway. The suspense was the greatest factor of the movie.
The acting in the movie was superb. John Goodman was really creepy in his role. He played the role perfectly. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is always a delight to watch on-screen. She also nailed her role. I have never seen John Gallagher Jr. in any movie prior to this, but seemed a good fit for the role. I am curious to see him in future movies. Another good aspect of this movie was the soundtrack. The music seemed brilliantly placed in parts of the movie.
My only complaint about the movie involves something we see after Michelle is able to get out of the bunker. However, since this review is spoiler-free, I can’t go into too much detail. I’ll just mention I didn’t like something’s design. If you have seen the movie, you will hopefully know what I am referring to. Overall, the story was very intriguing. The characters were developed very well. The suspense was off the charts with this movie. I’ll be curious to see what else I am able to pick up on when I see this movie again.
My Rating: A-