FILM REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane

It seems like the moment a trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane appeared on the Internet, theories of its contents began to pick up pace.

However, in reality this ‘blood relative’ of the 2008 monster cult classic is a far cry from the shaky handheld camera running through the streets of New York City.

In this new film, it is more about the people and what would they do in the face of the world’s demise.

Right from the off the film has an intense and impactful start, which sees protagonist Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) rammed off the road, and when she wakes up she is locked in an unfamiliar room chained to a pipe.

It is John Goodman’s Howard to has brought Michelle into this underground bunker as he claims he ‘saved her life’ due to the contaminated air of the outside world.

john goodman It is the strange intensity of Howard that makes the viewer feel like they are balancing on a knife edge throughout the whole film.

His insecure demeanour has the audience constantly questioning his motive of having Michelle and Emmett (John Gallagher Jnr) locked in his dooms day bunker.

Winstead gives an outstanding performance as the heroine who refuses to be the victim and is constantly stumbling across things which don’t quite add up.

Even though this film comes under the Cloverfield bracket, it is a million miles away from the terror of J.J Abrams 2008 film, but is still just as gripping.

The closure of the film does go a little off kilter, which sours the spectacle slightly but as a whole this is a fresh look at the thriller genre.

If you are expecting this to be Cloverfield 2 then you are going to be bitterly disappointed, but if you want an edge of your seat thriller this is the film for you.

JUST AN INSIGHT SCORE: 6/10

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