Yesterday, I managed to vacant some time to see the film 10 Cloverfield Lane at my local cinema. Before I start what I thought about the film, let me say that I am a huge fan of the original Cloverfield and at the time, I thought it was a work of art that not only managed to scare me but also introduced me to characters that I actually began to feel for.
Now, 10 Cloverfield Lane.
I loved it. I absolutely loved it. No second thoughts on that. I won’t go into details about the movie’s storyline but its real charm lies in the characters. The film follows Michelle (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who is involved in a brutal car accident. She wakes up in a bunker of a man called Howard (played by John Goodman) who claims that he saved her and that there was an attack that has polluted the air outside. We are later introduced to Emmett (played by John Gallagher Jr.) who says that he has seen the attack.
What I liked most about the film was how different it was from the first one and how tense it was. Throughout the film we are told that the air has been polluted by an attack and is now toxic so we are confined to these characters in a claustrophobic bunker. The movie also does a splendid job at following Michelle’s prospective. Throughout the movie, we get to follow her prospective. Can she trust this Howard character? What’s in it for him? Can he be trusted? Has the world outside really gone to hell? She’s doesn’t know who and what to believe.
Fans of the original like myself were expecting to make the original monster to appear but what we got was a different kind of monster – human race trying to survive. We get Michelle, a woman who doesn’t how or what to believe. Howard, a man who is trying to survive an attack that may or may not be taking place either and Emmett, a character that looks comes across as nice and supportive.
Here is the thing the movie does best: if you have seen the original Cloverfield, you know what attack Howard is talking about and how wrong he is? And if you have not seen the first film, you will on the edge of your seat, feeling for these characters who are hiding in a bunker trying to figure out each other. It targets the masses who loved the original and who those as well who have not seen it. It caters to both kind of audiences.
Overall, the movie was great and given the way it ended, I would love to see what happens to the survivor of 10 Cloverfield Lane and its monsters.