10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane

Rating: 4/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Review:

This movie surprised me on so many levels. I thought I would be bored, to be frank. I mean, three people stuck in a basement can’t provide much fun. I have to admit I was a bit at first, but that quickly changed because of the dynamics between the characters.

The film starts with Michelle leaving her old life, driving through beautiful landscapes and then having a having a car accident – which was quite well achieved in terms of filming and sound effects. When she wakes up, she is lying on a mattress and chained. She soon realizes she is in a bunker owned by Howard, who claims there has been an attack of unknown nature and by unknown forces and that the outside is off limits because the air is contaminated. Then Michelle meets Emmett, Howard’s neighbour who he was also kind enough to allow shelter.

So you’re faced with this woman who is trapped in a fully functioning bunker with a menacing guy who is obviously a crackpot and yet… Is he really? Why is Emmett so keen on believing him? What exactly have they experienced»

Yes, there were things that felt off, particularly in Michelle’s character (She is supposed to be weakened by her daddy, not even being able to defend a little girl in a hardware shop, and yet she proves over and over that she is actually a resourceful survivor) and the very last couple of scenes were just plain silly (Seriously? A molotov cocktail destroys that and she is suddenly a warrior? but, boy, there were so many layers to this movie.

John Goodman was so good. Just amazing. His interpretation and the character he plays are the main reason why I am giving this movie such a high rating. As soon as you thought you had it figured out, something would happen to prove you otherwise and add more to that guy. The levels to that guy just blew me away.

And then there is the plot twist at the end which not everyone will appreciate – I didn’t mind it exactly, just the resolution felt weak, as I mentioned in the spoiler.

All in all, if you are looking for a good psychological thriller that just keeps evolving and do not mind a dramatic plot twist that will lead you in a totally unexpected direction, you will most likely enjoy this very much.

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