10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Critic Consensus: Smart, solidly crafted, and palpably tense, 10 Cloverfield Lane makes the most of its confined setting and outstanding cast -- and suggests a new frontier for franchise filmmaking.
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It works best whenever Goodman swaggers into frame, a slack-jawed psycho with a cuddly side.
10 Cloverfield Lane alternates moods seamlessly, ratcheting tension to the breaking point and then deflating it with black humor.
In an era of bloated blockbusters, 10 Cloverfield Lane is refreshingly pared down -- a chamber piece rather than an epic.
After a particularly dull Oscar season, this is a refreshing and extremely satisfying palette cleanser.
Audience Reviews for 10 Cloverfield Lane
Tense survival thriller about three people in a bunker after a supposed attack on the US. The characters are great, the situation tense and the direction flawless. Especially the ending makes you sit on the edge of your seat for minutes. The final twist may not find universal love, but it is actually consistent with the setup. Great entertainment.
10 Cloverfield Lane is probably the most original "invasion" film in awhile best described as an unpredictable mosaic of cheap thrills played out by a very talented cast. The story meanders through a series of subplots strung loosely by the premise of an apocalyptic attack which works largely in the films favour as all unfolds like a multilayered mystery. However once the thrills have subsided and all has been revealed a very crudely crafted tale lays bare. If not for stellar leads and a careful attention to direction there's really not much to look at here.
The mysterious sequel to the 2008 found footage monster movie sprung from nowhere, surreptitiously filmed without the general public having any idea of its connection to Cloverfield until mere weeks before its release. It's the equivalent of a modern-day publicity magic act, something that J.J. Abrams is known for with his crusade against spoilers. The biggest surprise about 10 Cloverfield Lane is that the best parts of a slick and suspenseful movie are the parts that have nothing to do with Cloverfield. The majority of the film's first two acts take place entirely in a bunker with one possibly disturbed individual played by a terrifically unsettled John Goodman. The unease and dread build nicely and the reveals are paced out in a clever manner to make us second-guess and second-guess our second-guesses. There's a great moment during an awkward game of charades where Goodman's character can't conceive of calling a woman by the term "woman," instead relying upon patronizing terms like "girl" or "princess." There's a darkness and a fury under the surface that should remind of Goodman's expert turn in Barton Fink. This is a finely suspenseful and mysterious chamber piece until we leave the bunker and the movie officially connects into the Cloverfield universe. It's a little sloppy and makes for a tonally inconsistent finale. It's not enough to ruin the movie by any means but it certainly lessens the smartly constructed suspense and paranoia. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) makes for an effective survival thriller heroine, and her line reading of "Oh come on" is a divine highlight. As a Cloverfield movie, this opens up the space for a wider variety of humans vs. monsters stories, but as a movie, it plays at peak performance when it follows its own lead. Nate's Grade: B
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