This is the first movie this year that I thought is going to be great and it actually turned out to be great. In case you missed the original Cloverfield [2008], you don’t need to check it out, because this is a completely new movie. I didn’t like the original so much, it was produced during the found footage crazies so maybe that put me off, along with JJ. Although I really don’t like what he has done to two of the major franchises Star Trek and Star Wars, I have to admit that the man is talented (to some extent). 10 Cloverfield Lane is a claustrophobic thriller with science fiction elements and a few characters. This meant that the casting had to be spot on and with John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead on board from the start I knew that this is going to be a fantastic movie. Featuring intense atmosphere filled with mystery, engaging acting and careful directing, this Cloverfield is a smash hit.

10-Cloverfield-Lane-[2016]-PosterMichelle and her boyfriend Ben just had a huge fight and Michelle decides to pack up and leave New Orleans. As she is traveling through the countryside, she keeps hearing reports of something strange happening all over the country but then a sudden impact renders her unconscious. She wakes up tied up in a cellar with her injuries treated…

The decision to abandon the found footage filming style was a crucial one, because I don’t see this movie working with that so well. Another thing they nailed was the pacing. 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t get boring or dragged out, it just flows naturally with its main story and several subplots that are equally interesting. John Goodman was really phenomenal in this movie, dancing on the knifes edge in attempts to keep his character true to the concept. This is a directorial debut for Dan Trachtenberg, and based on this little gem, we can expect great things from him. If you’re interested in seeing some similar movies check out the following tag: Closed Environment Movies.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg

Writer: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle

Cast: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin, Bradley Cooper

Fun Facts: Mary Elizabeth Winstead was the first and only choice for the lead role of Michelle.


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