A Cloverfield ‘sequel’ that has little to do with the original film; allows for a refreshing, claustrophobic thriller.

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10 Cloverfield Lane is an odd film, which could easily stand on it’s own without the use of the ‘Cloverfield’ franchise. It is a film which treads over old ground and on the face of it could be extremely cliché as it has predictable characters and a re-hased plot… however it counteracts this with fantastic performances, deep tension and a bonkers final act.

A slow-burner of a film it begins with Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) being injured a car crash. She later wakes up in a bunker to discover she has been ‘saved’ by conspiracy nut Howard (John Goodman), as an unknown attack has taken place on America. She must then figure out whether to trust Howard and the bunkers inhabitant Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) or attempt to escape.

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

As the plot progresses the tension mounts and mounts and mounts in a way that is reminiscent of Hitchcock in his best works (and if you’re a reader of this blog you’ll know how much I love the Hitch). Once it starts the film simply doesn’t let the audience go, continuing to pile on more and more tension, with Goodman excelling in the ‘is he or isn’t he a villain’ role.

When the film finally comes to an end it is almost a relief as you feel you can breathe again. And then there are aliens.

 

9/10