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10 Cloverfield Lane Film Review

Updated on June 20, 2016
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.


10 Cloverfield Lane takes place after the nukes were dropped at the end of Cloverfield. We see a new character named Michelle who has decided to leave her boyfriend and move on with her life. She packs the basics and hits the road. Before we know it, someone crashes into her and she wakes up in a holding cell.

The film is paced slower than most horror/suspense films. It genuinely wants you to get invested in the characters and really take in what's going on. There are only three characters throughout the whole movie: Michelle, Howard, and Emmett. Emmett is just your good ol' boy and Michelle is a regular girl with her own goals and dreams. Howard, on the other hand, is a canvas full of personality changes. One minute, he's obsessed with survival and another minute, he's obsessed with Michelle. Is he a pervert or does he just enjoy being controlling?

The acting is what blew me away. John Goodman was spectacular as a psycho. Usually, he's the comedic or dramatic type but this was on a whole different scale. He was truly unnerving. What was even more unnerving, though, is the fact that he reveals he was a family guy, recently divorced - which means, he could be anyone. He could be your best friend, your neighbor, your doctor, or your dad. Anyone could be a Howard. All it takes is one traumatic event to knock some screws completely loose.

The story itself was magnificent, leaving you a trail of breadcrumbs to follow and forcing you to decide for yourself who the real villain is. The tagline for the movie is: "Monsters come in many forms." So is that monster they are alluding to John Goodman's character? Or do they just mean the literal monsters in the two Cloverfield films? You decide.

In conclusion, I can't recommend this film enough. It has everything you could want: mystery, suspense, tension, and a bit of comedy. There are two songs that were handpicked for this film. I don't think I'll ever listen to them the same again.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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      Jeremy Christian 20 months ago from Texas

      I just watched this the other night. I liked it for the most part. I thought John Goodman was really good in it. I liked how it built the tension and kept you wondering if he was being truthful or not, but that's what ultimately bothered me. There were signs that he had done this before with other girls, there was the neighbor hanging in the tree outside, but then there was also real things going on outside. You were ultimately supposed to realize that he was being truthful about a lot of it, but then if that's true then a lot of the other things you were left wondering about must have been true as well.

      Just seemed like one of those movies were every decision was made to make things look one way, then they flip it on you and go the other way, only after going a little too far with the other stuff. It doesn't all quite add up in the end.