10 Cloverfield Lane Reviews

  • Jul 01, 2021

    10 Cloverfield Lane: Fear and Tension. This week I watched the 2016 thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. Directed by Dan Trachtenburg, written by Josh Cambell, Matthew Stuecken and Damien Chazelle and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. The film tells the story of Michelle who wakes up after a car accident in an underground bunker where a man named Howard claims to have saved her life from a devastating apocalypse that makes the air on the surface unbreathable. Michelle at first tries to escape but in an attempt to flee she sees a woman outside the bunker whose skin has decayed. She is finally convinced of the validity of Howard's claims but as time goes on Howard begins to act more and more suspicious. When Michelle finds evidence that he murdered a young girl, she and the other occupant Emmet determine that she must leave no matter what lies outside. They make a gas mask and suit but Howard finds out about it after it's completion and threatens them to tell him what they were doing. Emmet puts the blame on himself and Howard shoots him. Michelle cripples Howard and escapes from the bunker. Only to be met with more horror. The thing that struck me about this film is the flow of it's pacing. Every scene is it's own little scenario that creates tension in new ways. Much like No Country For Old Men, every scene operates much like it's own little entity in composition while it still adds to the advancement of the overall plot. In true thriller fashion, each scene heightens the tension and mistrust between Michelle and Howard in a new way. In true thriller fashion, the intensity of fear and mistrust boils more and more under the surface until the tension finally is released in an explosive way. What is so special and unique about the film is that while it is framed by a more apocalyptic horror style scenario; it never dives too deep into the thrills and jumpscares of horror but contains all the conflict in a small underground space between three people. It is a thoroughly human drama and it masterfully creates tensity and uncertainty in such mundane things as eating dinner, fixing the air filter or playing a game. There is nothing cheap about it and it's not all show with no substance. At the center of the story are real people who deal with their situation in a very real and authentically fearful way. It is a story of intimate proportions that relies not on the expanse of a plot but on the inner workings of human interaction and psyche.Tight and intense, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a highly original film that uses its backdrop of apocalyptic threat as a way to truly confine its characters and deliver well crafted tension and palpable fear. The setting of the film is a quite compelling and unique feeling of apocalyptic uncertainty. Because of Howard's claims of a fallout above the surface and Emmet's confirmations, Michelle is forced to stay in the bunker even when Howards actions and demeanor are disturbing. If it were not for the disaster on the outside she would have no incentive to stay and would spend all her time trying to escape.Thanks to an ingenious combination of faceless threat outside and tension and uncertainty within, the film captures something that is unique but also quite compelling in nature. Almost every interaction in the film between the three main characters is meant to be as natural and human as possible given the situation but from the beginning we as the audience are shrouded in the same mysteries as Michelle and thus distrust and discern along with her the often odd nuances of each conversation she has with Howard or Emmet. The whole film is filled with mystery and uncertainty; filling every scene with a spirit of intensity that hangs like a cloud. Another aspect that contributes to the overall setting is the quiet and subdued nature of all that goes on in the bunker. Even scenes of anger or threat have a quietness to them in the stillness and lack of noise around the characters. The film makes a bold and pointed move when it intercuts it's silent black title cards over the terrible accident that starts the film while no underscore plays. The crash is not there to shock and overwhelm, it is simply there; moving the story forward with a grim silence. There are no jumpscares or eerie noises to heighten the tension. All goes on in the vacuum of the bunker where everything pushes the action in and puts more focus and pressure on the three main characters. 10 Cloverfield Lane excels at putting it's audience in the heart of a conflict that barely gives enough space to breathe. In 10 Cloverfield Lane the overarching feeling that drives the plot, motivates the characters and creates such a tense atmosphere is fear. Howards fear of the world ending is the entire reason that the bunker exists in the first place. Paranoid and moody, Howard does not at first glance appear to be afraid of his situation but very resigned to what has happened. His overprotective and perfectionist attitude elude to a much more subtle fear that hides on the inside. Being an intentionally mysterious character, it's impossible to pinpoint what exactly this fear is or what caused it but I think the evidence points to a fear of things not going according to his plan. Howard keeps the little society of the underground bunker running smoothly for the most part but when something goes awry he quickly and often vehemently corrects it. His construction of the bunker shows that he has a plan in mind for when a fallout occurs. For him, everything must be planned and predetermined and his fear is that something or someone will interrupt this plan. Michelle's fear of her relationship is what starts the narrative. We are not told what exactly happened between her and her fiance but it is enough to know that she is leaving her apartment to escape the pressure of the fight that the two of them had. Her fear of Howard causes her to try and escape from the bunker until she sees the legitimacy to his claims. In a quiet conversation with Emmet, she relays a story of how she saw a child being hurt by their father in a grocery store. She says that she wanted to help, but she ended up running away from the scene. Michelle is driven by her fears at the beginning of the story and must work to conquer that drive in order to escape a real threat. Even Emmet is in the bunker because of his fearfulness. He tells Michelle that he was going to go to College out of state when he graduated high school, but when the day came to board the bus and go, he didn't even get out of bed. He stayed in his town and didn't pursue his education. Even though he says it's lucky that he did stay or he would have died and even though each person believes that being driven by their fears has worked out for the best for them, their fortunes twist and what they did to escape their fears ultimately leads to more of it. This is the theme of the film. If you follow your fears or run away from them then they never leave. You must face your fear to vanquish it. Each of the three main characters undergo a change, for better or worse, throughout the course of the film. At the end of the film after Howard kills Emmet, Michelle resolves to force her way out of the bunker. When she makes it out, she finds that everything Howard said about the apocalypse was true and that aliens have overrun the earth. She is forced to confront an alien ship that is spraying poisonous chemicals into the air. She narrowly escapes by throwing a Molotov cocktail into the ship's hatch that is opened up to take her. Michelle flees the scene in the car of the woman who was trapped outside and turns on the radio to hear what has happened. Over the airwaves comes a call for help in Houston. At this moment Michelle finally decides to face her fear head on and instead of going to the place designated as safe over the radio, she heads right for Houston to help against the alien menace. By her experience in the bunker and with the alien ship, Michelle has learned her lesson about fear and is determined to not flee anymore. Emmet's triumph over fear is a little less clear but is nonetheless present in the narrative. At the beginning of the film Emmet is driven to stay in one spot because of his fear of the unknown. He stays where he thinks he is safe and clings to the familiar for stability. Little by little as Michelle uncovers more suspicious elements of Howard and their situation, Emmet moves a little out of the safety of his comfort zone and assists Michelle with her plan to build a Hazmat suit and escape. The ultimate test comes when Howard finds out about the plan and threatens the two of them to reveal their intention with a barrel of perchloric acid. Emmet takes the blame so Michelle can escape knowing full well that there could be dire consequences. No one could predict how quickly those consequences would come when Howard suddenly shoots Emmet in the head. Emmet goes from being afraid to even stray beyond his own home town to being willing to stray into the unknown beyond to save another. Lastly comes Howard. I have already mentioned that his character is kept intentionally vague and his true feelings and motivations are hard to quantify. One thing is clear. By killing Emmet, Howard completely stepped over the lines of sane protection of himself and the other two; a line that he had been wavering over the entire movie. At first, Howard seems to truly want to protect and care for himself and the two that share his bunker but his controlling nature and domineering attitude boil over multiple times and give evidence that they may not have his good will. The evidence that he killed a girl is never proven and neither is his desire to kill Michelle however his actions more than merit the fate that he does eventually have. Where Michelle and Emmet finally conquer their fears, albeit in very different ways, Howard receives his comeuppance for letting his fear run away with him and effect his sanity and actions. Howard is shrouded in mystery and to discuss his motives and thought process is not possible since the character is meant to be off putting and confusing. It is enough to know that he is the villain and he takes his fear too far and pays the price. Each character is motivated by fear but each one is changed; some for better, some for worse. 10 Cloverfield Lane is tense, riveting and scary in it's own unique way. It paints a chilling and original backdrop by dooming it's three main characters to stay trapped in one spot by a fatal crisis and consolidates the conflict in a place where it seemingly cannot escape. Eerily quiet and subdued, it creates tension purely through the mind. Fear puts each character into their situation and forces them to either conquer or be conquered by it. Mystery, suspicion and fear provide well crafted and tense scenes that get increasingly dire as the film progresses. Both Emmet and Michelle are clearly and succinctly fleshed out as characters and Howard is brilliantly left in the dark to become the sort of menace that only comes about by the little you know about him. Despite its subject matter, 10 Cloverfield Lane is well paced, never boring and without an insignificant moment. Well conceived, brilliantly written and executed, it is a film that invents, explores and entertains all within the confines of 100 minutes and one small underground bunker.

    10 Cloverfield Lane: Fear and Tension. This week I watched the 2016 thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. Directed by Dan Trachtenburg, written by Josh Cambell, Matthew Stuecken and Damien Chazelle and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. The film tells the story of Michelle who wakes up after a car accident in an underground bunker where a man named Howard claims to have saved her life from a devastating apocalypse that makes the air on the surface unbreathable. Michelle at first tries to escape but in an attempt to flee she sees a woman outside the bunker whose skin has decayed. She is finally convinced of the validity of Howard's claims but as time goes on Howard begins to act more and more suspicious. When Michelle finds evidence that he murdered a young girl, she and the other occupant Emmet determine that she must leave no matter what lies outside. They make a gas mask and suit but Howard finds out about it after it's completion and threatens them to tell him what they were doing. Emmet puts the blame on himself and Howard shoots him. Michelle cripples Howard and escapes from the bunker. Only to be met with more horror. The thing that struck me about this film is the flow of it's pacing. Every scene is it's own little scenario that creates tension in new ways. Much like No Country For Old Men, every scene operates much like it's own little entity in composition while it still adds to the advancement of the overall plot. In true thriller fashion, each scene heightens the tension and mistrust between Michelle and Howard in a new way. In true thriller fashion, the intensity of fear and mistrust boils more and more under the surface until the tension finally is released in an explosive way. What is so special and unique about the film is that while it is framed by a more apocalyptic horror style scenario; it never dives too deep into the thrills and jumpscares of horror but contains all the conflict in a small underground space between three people. It is a thoroughly human drama and it masterfully creates tensity and uncertainty in such mundane things as eating dinner, fixing the air filter or playing a game. There is nothing cheap about it and it's not all show with no substance. At the center of the story are real people who deal with their situation in a very real and authentically fearful way. It is a story of intimate proportions that relies not on the expanse of a plot but on the inner workings of human interaction and psyche.Tight and intense, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a highly original film that uses its backdrop of apocalyptic threat as a way to truly confine its characters and deliver well crafted tension and palpable fear. The setting of the film is a quite compelling and unique feeling of apocalyptic uncertainty. Because of Howard's claims of a fallout above the surface and Emmet's confirmations, Michelle is forced to stay in the bunker even when Howards actions and demeanor are disturbing. If it were not for the disaster on the outside she would have no incentive to stay and would spend all her time trying to escape.Thanks to an ingenious combination of faceless threat outside and tension and uncertainty within, the film captures something that is unique but also quite compelling in nature. Almost every interaction in the film between the three main characters is meant to be as natural and human as possible given the situation but from the beginning we as the audience are shrouded in the same mysteries as Michelle and thus distrust and discern along with her the often odd nuances of each conversation she has with Howard or Emmet. The whole film is filled with mystery and uncertainty; filling every scene with a spirit of intensity that hangs like a cloud. Another aspect that contributes to the overall setting is the quiet and subdued nature of all that goes on in the bunker. Even scenes of anger or threat have a quietness to them in the stillness and lack of noise around the characters. The film makes a bold and pointed move when it intercuts it's silent black title cards over the terrible accident that starts the film while no underscore plays. The crash is not there to shock and overwhelm, it is simply there; moving the story forward with a grim silence. There are no jumpscares or eerie noises to heighten the tension. All goes on in the vacuum of the bunker where everything pushes the action in and puts more focus and pressure on the three main characters. 10 Cloverfield Lane excels at putting it's audience in the heart of a conflict that barely gives enough space to breathe. In 10 Cloverfield Lane the overarching feeling that drives the plot, motivates the characters and creates such a tense atmosphere is fear. Howards fear of the world ending is the entire reason that the bunker exists in the first place. Paranoid and moody, Howard does not at first glance appear to be afraid of his situation but very resigned to what has happened. His overprotective and perfectionist attitude elude to a much more subtle fear that hides on the inside. Being an intentionally mysterious character, it's impossible to pinpoint what exactly this fear is or what caused it but I think the evidence points to a fear of things not going according to his plan. Howard keeps the little society of the underground bunker running smoothly for the most part but when something goes awry he quickly and often vehemently corrects it. His construction of the bunker shows that he has a plan in mind for when a fallout occurs. For him, everything must be planned and predetermined and his fear is that something or someone will interrupt this plan. Michelle's fear of her relationship is what starts the narrative. We are not told what exactly happened between her and her fiance but it is enough to know that she is leaving her apartment to escape the pressure of the fight that the two of them had. Her fear of Howard causes her to try and escape from the bunker until she sees the legitimacy to his claims. In a quiet conversation with Emmet, she relays a story of how she saw a child being hurt by their father in a grocery store. She says that she wanted to help, but she ended up running away from the scene. Michelle is driven by her fears at the beginning of the story and must work to conquer that drive in order to escape a real threat. Even Emmet is in the bunker because of his fearfulness. He tells Michelle that he was going to go to College out of state when he graduated high school, but when the day came to board the bus and go, he didn't even get out of bed. He stayed in his town and didn't pursue his education. Even though he says it's lucky that he did stay or he would have died and even though each person believes that being driven by their fears has worked out for the best for them, their fortunes twist and what they did to escape their fears ultimately leads to more of it. This is the theme of the film. If you follow your fears or run away from them then they never leave. You must face your fear to vanquish it. Each of the three main characters undergo a change, for better or worse, throughout the course of the film. At the end of the film after Howard kills Emmet, Michelle resolves to force her way out of the bunker. When she makes it out, she finds that everything Howard said about the apocalypse was true and that aliens have overrun the earth. She is forced to confront an alien ship that is spraying poisonous chemicals into the air. She narrowly escapes by throwing a Molotov cocktail into the ship's hatch that is opened up to take her. Michelle flees the scene in the car of the woman who was trapped outside and turns on the radio to hear what has happened. Over the airwaves comes a call for help in Houston. At this moment Michelle finally decides to face her fear head on and instead of going to the place designated as safe over the radio, she heads right for Houston to help against the alien menace. By her experience in the bunker and with the alien ship, Michelle has learned her lesson about fear and is determined to not flee anymore. Emmet's triumph over fear is a little less clear but is nonetheless present in the narrative. At the beginning of the film Emmet is driven to stay in one spot because of his fear of the unknown. He stays where he thinks he is safe and clings to the familiar for stability. Little by little as Michelle uncovers more suspicious elements of Howard and their situation, Emmet moves a little out of the safety of his comfort zone and assists Michelle with her plan to build a Hazmat suit and escape. The ultimate test comes when Howard finds out about the plan and threatens the two of them to reveal their intention with a barrel of perchloric acid. Emmet takes the blame so Michelle can escape knowing full well that there could be dire consequences. No one could predict how quickly those consequences would come when Howard suddenly shoots Emmet in the head. Emmet goes from being afraid to even stray beyond his own home town to being willing to stray into the unknown beyond to save another. Lastly comes Howard. I have already mentioned that his character is kept intentionally vague and his true feelings and motivations are hard to quantify. One thing is clear. By killing Emmet, Howard completely stepped over the lines of sane protection of himself and the other two; a line that he had been wavering over the entire movie. At first, Howard seems to truly want to protect and care for himself and the two that share his bunker but his controlling nature and domineering attitude boil over multiple times and give evidence that they may not have his good will. The evidence that he killed a girl is never proven and neither is his desire to kill Michelle however his actions more than merit the fate that he does eventually have. Where Michelle and Emmet finally conquer their fears, albeit in very different ways, Howard receives his comeuppance for letting his fear run away with him and effect his sanity and actions. Howard is shrouded in mystery and to discuss his motives and thought process is not possible since the character is meant to be off putting and confusing. It is enough to know that he is the villain and he takes his fear too far and pays the price. Each character is motivated by fear but each one is changed; some for better, some for worse. 10 Cloverfield Lane is tense, riveting and scary in it's own unique way. It paints a chilling and original backdrop by dooming it's three main characters to stay trapped in one spot by a fatal crisis and consolidates the conflict in a place where it seemingly cannot escape. Eerily quiet and subdued, it creates tension purely through the mind. Fear puts each character into their situation and forces them to either conquer or be conquered by it. Mystery, suspicion and fear provide well crafted and tense scenes that get increasingly dire as the film progresses. Both Emmet and Michelle are clearly and succinctly fleshed out as characters and Howard is brilliantly left in the dark to become the sort of menace that only comes about by the little you know about him. Despite its subject matter, 10 Cloverfield Lane is well paced, never boring and without an insignificant moment. Well conceived, brilliantly written and executed, it is a film that invents, explores and entertains all within the confines of 100 minutes and one small underground bunker.

  • Jun 27, 2021

    The main part of the film was very enjoyable with a great plot and themes. Although, some questionable actions by some of the characters it still feels like something someone would do. The main part where the film falls down is right at the end, just turns into a cliché with the character having plot armour for story reasons. Though not my first pick (mainly due to the ending), its worth a watch if you have the time.

    The main part of the film was very enjoyable with a great plot and themes. Although, some questionable actions by some of the characters it still feels like something someone would do. The main part where the film falls down is right at the end, just turns into a cliché with the character having plot armour for story reasons. Though not my first pick (mainly due to the ending), its worth a watch if you have the time.

  • Jun 26, 2021

    Suspensful, mysterious and well executed film. It also never gets boring. Only thing for me though was the weird ending...I can't make up mind if I liked the ending or not, but its definately controversial. For some the ending might ruin the film for them but for others it might blow their minds in a good way.

    Suspensful, mysterious and well executed film. It also never gets boring. Only thing for me though was the weird ending...I can't make up mind if I liked the ending or not, but its definately controversial. For some the ending might ruin the film for them but for others it might blow their minds in a good way.

  • Jun 25, 2021

    John Goodman should have been nominated.

    John Goodman should have been nominated.

  • Jun 06, 2021

    very good until the last 20 mins, aliens, ok, but a zippo that runs after 5 days of no use?, a molotov without gas?, c´mon.

    very good until the last 20 mins, aliens, ok, but a zippo that runs after 5 days of no use?, a molotov without gas?, c´mon.

  • May 27, 2021

    The 'Cloverfield' story just got an upgrade with their second film. This film is so well made in all aspects including direction, cast performances, and true terror. You will have no idea what to expect in this movie, which makes it all the more exciting. The ending is satisfying with a juicy cliffhanger which will hopefully take us to the third installment. It would be criminal to ignore this film, and you don't wanna miss out on a single second.

    The 'Cloverfield' story just got an upgrade with their second film. This film is so well made in all aspects including direction, cast performances, and true terror. You will have no idea what to expect in this movie, which makes it all the more exciting. The ending is satisfying with a juicy cliffhanger which will hopefully take us to the third installment. It would be criminal to ignore this film, and you don't wanna miss out on a single second.

  • Apr 23, 2021

    I thought it was just as good as A Quiet Place

    I thought it was just as good as A Quiet Place

  • Apr 14, 2021

    Goodman is astonishingly good in this claustrophobic and paranoid affair. Such a well-acted and well-paced picture, backed by a strong script. 10 Cloverfield Lane is enjoyable because on first watch you don't know where it's going or where it'll end; some films may signpost or foreshadow but this doesn't. Strap in and let it take you with it.

    Goodman is astonishingly good in this claustrophobic and paranoid affair. Such a well-acted and well-paced picture, backed by a strong script. 10 Cloverfield Lane is enjoyable because on first watch you don't know where it's going or where it'll end; some films may signpost or foreshadow but this doesn't. Strap in and let it take you with it.

  • Apr 04, 2021

    The first half felt slow, but it stayed interesting as it becomes clearer that the story isn't going to be that easy to figure out. Then once things begin to escalate, some elements come into focus while others still remain unresolved until the last scenes. The resolution to the central question of what exactly is going on felt both appropriate yet still weird, which is a compliment. The final scene was also a smart move, providing a late note of redemption, while also setting up other possibilities for later.

    The first half felt slow, but it stayed interesting as it becomes clearer that the story isn't going to be that easy to figure out. Then once things begin to escalate, some elements come into focus while others still remain unresolved until the last scenes. The resolution to the central question of what exactly is going on felt both appropriate yet still weird, which is a compliment. The final scene was also a smart move, providing a late note of redemption, while also setting up other possibilities for later.

  • Apr 01, 2021

    Personally, I disliked this movie. I am quite nice when it comes to reviewing movies, but this... I didn't enjoy it at all. Due to it having such a high rating, I built my expectations for it, only for the movie to end with an absurd ending, there was no mention of aliens until the end and even then, I believe it was barely a plot twist. I am left with so many questions, from the very start to the very end.

    Personally, I disliked this movie. I am quite nice when it comes to reviewing movies, but this... I didn't enjoy it at all. Due to it having such a high rating, I built my expectations for it, only for the movie to end with an absurd ending, there was no mention of aliens until the end and even then, I believe it was barely a plot twist. I am left with so many questions, from the very start to the very end.