Title: 10 Cloverfield Lane Director: Dan Trachtenberg Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 44m
“Outside is dangerous…inside is terrifying in the heart-pounding new thriller from producer J.J. Abrams. After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, A Good Day to Die Hard) wakes up in a survivalist’s (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. But, as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth.”
2:42 – How to tell a story with no dialogue. Love it. 5:04 – It’s very, very dark for 6pm. 7:30 – Just realised this film is gonna be bunkerific! That’s two in a row! 12:15 – Another reason skinny jeans are a bad idea, can’t get them over your leg brace thing. 14:02 – Loving this woman’s resourcefulness! 17:44 – The Martians will be more powerful than the Russians, that’s for sure. 22:30 – I’m not having DVDs in my bunker, just a giant iPad stacked with movies. 30:05 – North Korea reference. 34:17 – Didn’t think John Goodman could do super creepy, but there you go. 36:17 – Monopoly does take a long time… 45:21 – Phew, I’m glad the bunker has a shower, I couldn’t cope. 48:56 – What do you want to be when you grow up? French! 54:03 – Hold the phone, I Think We’re Alone Now is a COVER? 54:43 – GAME OF LIFE! 56:39 – It’s just like the fifth wave! 58:20 – “Don’t get stuck.” 1:05:28 – Still haven’t seen Pretty in Pink. More Molly Ringwald work to be done. 1:08:23 – Yay for Gaffa tape saving everything but why is she cutting it? 1:21:28 – Ms Resourceful again, although God knows what her plan is. 1:28:58 – Bloomin’ car alarms.
We haven’t seen the original Cloverfield film, and having seen trailers of it, the found footage nature of it doesn’t really appeal to me anyway. This one, however, seemed much more interesting so we were keen to give it a go. John Goodman doing a turn as the creepy guy in a bunker was brilliant and terrifying at the same time. And I absolutely loved how kick-ass Mary Winstead’s character was, resourceful and clever, brave without being irritating.
Of course, the bunker aspect appealed to me and it was genuinely tense and dramatic trying to figure out who to trust in this bizarre but terrifying situation.
Unfortunately, as with many films of this nature, they didn’t quite know how to end it properly. Suddenly, after an hour and a half of drawn out suspense, you get an escape, a couple of alien attacks and a scene very reminiscent of Independence Day. It didn’t fit, it spoilt the mood, and it just annoyed me.