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Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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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.

Before I dive in any further, I want to bring up one thing before you make any assumptions: 10 Cloverfield Lane is not like Cloverfield (2008). 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t have a shaky camera with people running around like it’s the end of the world. Another thing to note – J.J. Abrams said this is not a sequel or anything, it’s a “blood relative” to Cloverfield. Since that’s been settled now, we can move on.

I’ve been thoroughly excited for 10 Cloverfield Lane since the trailer came out a mere 2 months ago. If you were looking for the advance screening contests and you read my little blurb, you would know how excited I am. For a film to be kept a secret for so long and then to have its first trailer released 2 months before the film comes out is extremely ballsy. But, if the marketing is done right, which in my opinion it has, then it was all worth it. But, is 10 Cloverfield Lane worth it? Yes. Yes, it is.

It’s really hard to review this film without giving away any spoilers, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. The tone of the film is set from the very first few seconds of the film. In a light way and it progresses throughout the film. It’s about 15-20 minutes into the film where you start to move your butt to the edge of your seat and it stays there till the very end. There’s definitely a few laughs here and there to relieve the tension, but it’s so fantastically made, that you just don’t know what to expect and when to expect something to happen. John Goodman is fantastic in his role – it perfectly suits him. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was great and John Gallagher Jr. provided the laughs to keep his character entertaining. Again, there are a few things I would love to talk about and while they are minor spoilers, they are still spoilers, so I’ll just have to leave it at that. There were a few minor things that bugged me in the sense of it being unrealistic, far fetched or a potential hole in the story, but it was so minor that it simply wasn’t enough to irritate me in any way.

Rating (out of 5): 

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10 Cloverfield Lane is a fine piece of work and if you’re specifically into the whole monster/sci-fi genre, then you’ll enjoy it even more.

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