14A) 10 Cloverfield Land
14A for Disturbing Content, Gory Scenes
Running Time: 103 Minutes.
2 and a half stars out of 4.
10 Cloverfield Lane is the spiritual sequel to 2008's commercial success"Cloverfield." After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter by two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. 10 Cloverfield Lane is a suspenseful, haunting and thrilling mystery that suffers from a terrible third act and laughable finale.What was setup to be a smart and sophisticated film in the first two acts turns into a laughable, disjointed, and unbelievable mess during the finale. Director Dan Trachtenberg does solid work with his directorial debut, as the film is truly great for the first two thirds. Despite having some similarities to that of 2015's "Room," 10 Clovervfield Lane is particularly original.
10 Cloverfield Lane differs from other "horror" films as it film is a slow burn, and relies less on the standard and lazy "jump-scares" and more so on the basics of fright, and the subtle use of the atmosphere, mood and tone of the small underground bunker. I appreciate the subtleties in Trachtenberg's direction and in the screenplay that evoke actual scares from the audience.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is solid in the title role of Michelle. Winstead doesn't do anything wrong, I just wish that she had been given more to do, other than react to the horrific things that were happening to and around her. As Howard Stambler, John Goodman delivers a career best performance. Goodman is not only terrifying in the antagonist role, but turns in a very subtle performance which only contributes to the suspense of the film iteself. As viewers, we are given very little information regarding Goodman's character, and the little bits that we get, we contemplate there actuality, all thanks to Goodman's incredibly terrifying performance.
10 Cloverfield Lane is a film that deserves to be seen without having seen any trailers or read any spoiler-y reviews. The film truly benefits from a vieiwng experience that is not painted by the perceptions of others. I was with this film for a long time, and wanted to love it, but the ending is so ridiculous, that I have trouble giving "10 Cloverfield Lane" anything more than a mixed review. While this is a masterly crafted film, particularly that of the production design and score, I wish the resolution to the mystery had been much more satisfying and believable.