Wednesday, May 25, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. and John Goodman

Homicidal Maniac: Aliens and John Goodman as Howard

Run time: 1:43:00

Quick Synopsis: After a car accident, a woman finds herself locked in a bomb shelter as the world goes to shit or so she has been told by the two men in the shelter with her.

I haven't seen Cloverfield since its release in 2008 and I remember my feelings at the time being that I enjoyed the ride throughout, but was not a huge fan of the reveal of the monster.  This time around I had similar feelings (for mostly different reasons) watching 10 Cloverfield Lane, which J.J. Abrams has described as a relative to the original film.  The first hour plus of the film is extremely well done and entertaining.  John Goodman is brilliant as a creepy and multifaceted antagonist for the the other two characters, who also give solid performance.  The three have great chemistry throughout that helps the audience feel the same terror as the protagonists every time Goodman's character explodes.  Add in the mystery of what exactly is going on outside, though some of that is spoiled by the film's title, and you have a near perfect movie.  

This whole review probably feels like a set-up to a complete bashing of the films ending, but that is not really what I want to do honestly.  There is just something that so silly about it.  The transfer in tone was so massive it takes you out of the film a little bit.  Still its hard for me to say the ending was horrendous.  It did, however, bring down an otherwise amazing awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: The original script for the film was titled "The Cellar" and was in no way connected to Cloverfield (2008).  Bad Robot acquired the rights to the script and made changes to create the connection.

Hidden Gem: The voice of Michelle's boyfriend is played by Bradley Cooper.

Total Kill Count: 2
Emmett- John Gallagher Jr. (1:14:00) Shot in Head Gore Rating: 3
Howard- John Goodman (1:27:00) Falls in Acid/Blown Up Gore Rating: 7

             Horror Film: 8
             Entertainment: 9
             Suspense: 8
             Overall: 8.25