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REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane will keep you on edge

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman in a scene from the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane. Supplied by Paramount Pictures.
FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman in a scene from the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane. Supplied by Paramount Pictures.

LET me begin by saying that 10 Cloverfield Lane has NOTHING to do with the 2008 nauseating and anti-climactic disappointment-of-a-film Cloverfield.

Rather, 10 Cloverfield Lane, is a delicate balance of paranoia, sanity meets with suspense, thriller themes and confusion.

After driving off from a fight with her partner, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) ends up in a car accident.

When she comes too, she finds herself shackled by her leg in the baseman of a man, Howard (John Goodman), who claims he saved her life after pulling her from the wreckage.

He then proceeds to tell her that the world above them is no longer safe and is now a danger zone that threatens the rest of humanity.

He's not the only one living in his bunker, Emmett (John Gallagher Jr) chose to find refuge underground with Howard - who he helped construct the premise long before these circumstances arise.

With no knowledge of what actually lies above and trust running thin between them, Michelle questions what's true and what's not.

Goodman's unsettling performance leaves you restless, questioning whether Howard is psychotic, honest but simple-minded, delusional or does he have a more sinister agenda for her?

He becomes somewhat menacing upon losing his temper on more than one occasion about manners and respecting his place and reminding her of how he 'saved her life'.

John Goodman as Howard; Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE; by Paramount Pictures
John Goodman as Howard; Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE; by Paramount Pictures Photo credit: Michele K. Short

10 Cloverfield Lane brings a whole new meaning to the genre Thriller encapsulating its audience to constantly think about the circumstances in each scene.

In one scene, you are made to feel a sense of Stockholm syndrome as he opens up about his daughter Megan and her love for everything French.

In another instance (shortly after) you are led to believe that Howard could actually be completely lying, as Emmett explains another truth to the story.

I refuse to spoil the ending for anyone interested in watching it, especially for those who are now interested after the reassurance that this is a completely different film to the monstrosity of 2008.

Like me, don't be surprised if you are left mind-boggled in the end with more questions unanswered than you did going in to the film.

It's what makes 10 Cloverfield Lane all the more tantalising and thrilling.

10 Cloverfield Lane

 

Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher, Bradley Cooper

 

Rated: M

 

Reviewer: Tamara MacKenzie

 

Verdict: 3.5 menacing John Goodmans out of 5

Topics:  entertainment movie movie review


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