Saturday, March 12, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane - Movie Review

Starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr.
Written by Josh Campbell & Matthew Stueken and Damien Chazelle.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg.


First, I wish they'd called this movie something else. It doesn't really have anything to do with 2008's Cloverfield movie. But, I had a lot of fun watching this.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free or Die Hard) plays Michelle, a young woman who has decided to leave her fiance. She gets hit by a truck and wakes up in a brick room, chained to a pipe, and with an IV connected to her arm. Her abductor Howard (John Goodman) lets her know that there was a nuclear attack and they are now safe in his bomb shelter. But Howard is clearly not mentally stable, so how safe can she feel? Was there really an attack or is she just kidnapped?

She soon meets Emmett (Newsroom's John Gallagher Jr.) who confirms that he saw an attack and he had to fight just to be let in before everything went down. So the three of them form this little unit, with Howard the imbalanced one who carries a pistol on his hip at all times, and Michelle who keeps trying to find a way out, just to get confirmation something really happened outside.

It's a tightly wound survival thriller. I think it's only about 99 minutes long. Loved the intense climax too. I'm glad that JJ Abrams has the clout to make these original mid-range movies.

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