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Spoiler Free Review for 10 Cloverfield Lane

Title: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Date: 2016

MPAA: PG-13

Director: Dan Trachtenberg

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

Synopsis: After surviving a very bad car accident, a woman awakens to find herself trapped underneath in an underground bunker with two complete strangers, who claim the outside is affected by some kind of chemical attack.

Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane is a very tense, well-paced thriller that keeps you guessing and at the edge of your seat till the very end. Mary Elizabeth Winstead more than holds her own as the main character who knows just as much as the audience does. She has no idea why she’s underneath this underground bunker and is dying to know what is going on in the outside world. Winstead is a great actress. She has already proven her talent in the film Smashed, and she once again gives a great performance. One thing I liked about this film was how smart her character was. She wasn’t dumb like a lot of characters are in scary films, and you really start to care about her character and root for her. Another great performance was from John Goodman who really puts on the creepy in this film. He pulls it off too! I think his performance is oscar-worthy, but he probably won’t get nominated. His character is very strange, but he seems to know exactly what he is doing and at times you want to believe him. You are left wondering what secrets this guy is hiding and if he is telling the truth or not. The film is really well made and an impressive directing debut for Dan Trachtenberg. The film’s score is top-notch and the directing style really gives you that claustrophobic feel.

This movie contained another character who was pretty forgettable in the movie. I understood why they added him, and he did offer some comic relief, but he did not hold up well with the other characters. I also had a problem with the ending, with which I won’t spoil. There could have been other ways they ended the film that would have made it a lot better. However, I have seen so many worse endings with movies like this, and it was not a terrible ending. As I said before, the movie really keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout, and there is never a scene that feels out of place or could have been cut.

Overall, this film was a pleasant surprise and one that is very scary at times, but not overwhelmingly frightening . It offered some great moments and surprising twists throughout that really made it a memorable film. It does have it’s flaws, and it did not blow me away with the ending like I wanted it to, but the film really was a tense thriller. Which is impressive for the film taking place mostly in the underground bunker. For anyone that is looking to watch a great thriller, with some great performances, and some very good twists and turns, I recommend watching this film. My grade for this film is:

4.25/5

 

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