Spoiler Free Movie Review: Cinematic Releases 10 Cloverfield Lane
After surviving a car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. Howard (John Goodman) tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable, and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. Despite the comforts of home, Howard's controlling and menacing nature makes Michelle want to escape. After taking matters into her own hands, the young woman finally discovers the truth about the outside world.
I tend to go into movies with little to no expectations. It has worked out better because I don't walk away disappointed or aggravated. With 10 Cloverfield Lane, I definitely walked away more satisfied than I did after watching It Follows.
One of the most anticipated sci-fi/horror movies this year, the movie carries very few themes from its brother Cloverfield. This movie takes place in the same universe but is not meant to be a sequel. You definitely don't get the gist that this is a sequel at any moment in the movie either.
As others have said, the music is a character all its own in this movie. Unlike the found footage film that came before this, the music, sound editing and suspense all tie together to create a cohesive scene-by-scene thriller.
I definitely would not say that this is a horror movie. A suspense, sci-fi thriller definitely. But it doesn't have a terrible amount of gore and blood (until about halfway through the movie) and I think even those who fear blood will be okay.
What I liked and enjoyed about this movie more than Cloverfield was how much you were able to see the aliens. In Cloverfield, the aliens were more distant and blurry, maybe because of older technology and likely because it was a "found footage" film.
The main actors also did a much better job in this movie than the previous one, in my opinion. Each character greatly supported the other and was so believable that you rooted for each one.
I disagree with The Movie Sleuth that this movie will blow you away. It definitely has great plot twists, character development, and suspense that makes it a solid thriller movie. In relation to horror movies of last year, this one will not disappoint.
I do agree that if you liked the first, then you will probably like this one even more. Happening in a closed space, allowing better overall scenes, viewing angles in combination with its sound editing allows this movie to be in the top five thriller movies so far in 2016.
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