How does one review 10 Cloverfield Lane without getting into trouble with the Spoiler Police? Just saying I saw the movie may be considered a spoiler by some. But which do people love to complain about more: spoilers, or J.J. Abrams and his “Mystery Box”?
If you have seen the trailer, you know the basic plot of the film. What more do you need to know? For one, you don’t need to have seen Cloverfield to comprehend 10 Cloverfield Lane. I haven’t and I did just fine.
10 Cloverfield Lane reminds me a bit of Ex Machina in that both have three main cast members, and will probably be overlooked when it comes Oscar time. Well, in the acting catagories anyway. Ex Machina did win an Academy Award for visual effects, and at the moment I have 10 Cloverfield Lane as the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to the sound mixing catagory. Or is it sound editing? I always get those two confused.
Warning! This is where I talk about the plot, for that is what one is supposed to do in these sorts of things. Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) packs up her crap, and gets the hell out of Dodge. She gets involved in a car crash that knocks her unconsious. When she comes to, there is an I.V. in her arm, and she’s chained to the wall. We’ve all been there.
After taking stock of Chekov’s Inventory List, Michelle meets Howard (John Goodman). It’s not so much a “meet cute” as it is a “Here’s some food, no one is looking for you, we’re totally not in a sex bunker, and a ‘Thank you’ would be swell.” Okay, I made up one of those. He’s pretty much what you expect in a landlord when you answer an ad on Craigslist.
Their other bunkermate is Emmett, (John Gallagher Jr.) who may or may not be an unintentional cockblocker, all depending on your interpretation of the film. That’s the great thing about 10 Cloverfield Lane–director Dan Trachtenberg, along with screenwriters Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, and Damien Chazelle, left a lot of things to the viewers imagination. It’s up to you to decide whether or not it works. I think it does.