10 Cloverfield Lane
Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg
Was it scary?
10 Cloverfield Lane was more thrilling rather than scary, but compared to some horror-ish films I have watched lately, I was definitely more enthralled with the film, which made me jump a few times.
What is good about 10 Cloverfield Lane is that they didn’t overkill (pardon the pun) the suspense, which made it a good watch because you weren’t holding your breath or clenching the whole time, so when stuff did happen you were caught by surprise.
Who gave the best performance?
I would have to say that although Mary Elizabeth Winstead was very good, there was something more intriguing about John Goodman’s character, perhaps because he was the most eccentric and multilayered character compared to the other two actors.
To add John Goodman is a charismatic person, the mixture of his weight, age and ability go from funny to serious makes him really stand out.
How does this relate to the real world?
Without going into too much in detail, 10 Cloverfield Lane relates to the world, in that it touches on subjects, such as the legitimate paranoia we have a society of being attacked by different countries, terrorists etc.
The thought that crossed my mind was that you can only protect yourself to a certain point, e.g. seat belts, fire alarms, burglar alarms, but nothing can stop a supernatural or natural external force e.g. a tornado from completely destroying everything you hold dear.
What did I like?
What I liked most about 10 Cloverfield Lane is that it was a solid, entertaining and thrilling movie. Although the story may not be completely original, it was well executed, with great acting so the 1 hour 47 runtime seems to fly by. I hope there is a sequel.
Watch in the cinema or watch on DVD?
10 Cloverfield Lane is definitely one to watch in the cinema first, because it forces you to concentrate and helps with the claustrophobic feeling of the film as most of it does take place in an underground bunker. Similarly, for sound reasons I think horror/sci-fi films tend to be more scary outside the comfort of your own home.
I would recommend getting the DVD as well because this is a movie that can be watched on multiple occasions, or after watching the first Cloverfield movie.