10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Review

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg

Produced by J. J. Abrams & Lindsey Weber

Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

My Opinion:

Well, THIS was certainly an interesting one…

I usually like to write a review at least a couple of days after seeing something since, sometimes, I’m not quite sure how I feel about a movie. More often than not, they actually go up a little in my estimation (I ended up liking The Good, The Bad And The Ugly way more by the time I got around to reviewing it. I’m glad I didn’t review it immediately after seeing it). Well, I watched 10 Cloverfield Lane a few hours ago & I’m still trying to make my mind up on how I feel about it. I’ll say that my husband & I seem to disagree on it, which is unusual. I think I liked it quite a bit more than he did. At least, I think I liked it…

First of all, I’ll say that I really liked the first Cloverfield a lot. Okay – these movies are impossible to talk about without spoilers if you somehow know nothing whatsoever about them. If that’s the case, it’s probably best to skip my review. It occurred to me that some bloggers were actually a little too young for the first one when it came out. Oh MAN…. That’s depressing. So, therefore, some are watching this movie with zero idea of what it’s about. I think that’s the absolute best way to see & enjoy this one. Trust me – if you’re in the dark, stay that way.

While discussing this movie with the hubby, I realized what a big part of the problem with it is: It should have been the first film. SPOILERS BELOW if you haven’t seen it:
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Think about it! If the word “Cloverfield” wasn’t associated with “monster movie” because of the first film, this one could have been marketed as the movie it is in the beginning and then BAM! It would have gone all From Dusk Til Dawn on our asses! I’d have loved that. Then, if the first film was actually the second film, it would have carried things on in just the right way & I know I’d be a bigger fan of the overall Cloverfield thing as a whole right now. Instead, this movie ended in the way we were all expecting from the start if we’d seen the first film. And I imagine that those wanting a straight-up monster movie were probably quite disappointed to get something entirely different for three quarters of it.

Personally, I was a fan of the “two movies for the price of one” thing. Not everyone will be, I’m sure. I got the impression that the audience I saw this with were overall quite confused. And the hubby won’t like me saying this as he thinks I always misquote him but, screw it – He actually compared the ending to Skyline. Skyline!!! Have any of you seen that? If you haven’t, DON’T! It’s an enormous pile of shit with the worst movie ending in recent memory. That’s a huge insult to this movie! But, dammit, I can see why he made that comparison. Damn him. That’s ruined this movie for me a little. I should stop going to movies with that guy! But he’s my ride, so…. 😉 He also compared it to Signs, which isn’t quite as bad. It has a definite Signs vibe but M Night Shyamalan isn’t loved by everyone and I think the same people who really hate his stuff also won’t like 10 Cloverfield Lane.

I do like Mary Elizabeth Winstead. I enjoyed her performance and cared about her character. I can’t say I really connected with the two men, though. I didn’t think the characters were as well developed as they should’ve been considering how long we spend with them trapped underground. And. Um. Hmm. Yeah, I don’t know what else to say and when I get that way I tend to ramble on without making any sort of point. I think I’d rather just stop writing about this movie and instead discuss it with you guys in the comments. It’s a good one for discussion!

I’ll just end with this: If I’ve read things right, the plan is to sort of use the “Cloverfield” name to make a series of unrelated films with strange & interesting stories in the same way the name “The Twilight Zone” was used for a series of bizarre stories. That is something that very much has my interest as I think the original Twilight Zone was the best series of stories EVER. If they do that, it could end up like The Twilight Zone did: 90% utterly brilliant stories with 10% that were real stinkers. Some will see 10 Cloverfield Lane as one of the stinkers. If this plan happens and we have ten Cloverfield movies years from now, I’d be very interested to look back on them all to see where this one ranks for me. If there are enough utterly brilliant ones, I think I’d end up actually appreciating this one a little bit more as well. Let’s see where they go with these!

My Rating: 7/10

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27 thoughts on “10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Review

  1. I knew it wasn’t an official sequel so I never considered the ending a done deal. I definitely did not see it coming and I loved that! Most of my friends were confused about pretty muche very single aspect when we left the cinema. One even mis-labelled it as a “remake” which made my skin crawl. But putting my snob aside for a second 10 Cloverfield Lane really was one of a kind. I loved the characters, the direction, the writing was fantastic and most of the clues are hidden in plain sight which I found fascinating upon reflection. My review should be up in about half hour and I talk about this a little bit more. But for me, I can’t wait to get this on bluray and revisit that ending!

    • Hmmmm. I dunno. I’m still kind of undecided on this one. 😉 I have to say that I liked the first part, in the shelter, much more than the ending. And the ending should be more “my” type of thing. I’m sure there are important little things I missed throughout the movie (it’s the type that would have lots of that type of thing). But I must admit I’d rather be lazy & read up on it online than rewatch it again anytime soon. 😉 Like I say, though – I think I may appreciate this more when there are more films in the series.

  2. Hey! I really enjoyed this movie because I love John Goodman and I thought he did a really good job in this. I agree with you, it definitely has a Signs vibe to it- but a bit more violent! I agree, I think in time with context if they do more, that’s when we’ll know where this one sits in terms of how good it is compared to the others! Thanks for the review

    • You’re welcome! Agreed that Goodman was very good in this role. Such a departure for him! Yeah, I wasn’t expecting the violence for some odd reason (maybe because it’s rated a 12 here – that seems a bit low). I’m still kind of not totally sure how I felt about this film overall but the thought of a series with totally different stories actually has me really excited. 🙂

      • Yeah the series is a cool idea I think! After reading this I went and watched Cloverfield last night (because I still hadn’t seen it!) which I really enjoyed- now I’m ready for the whole series!

      • Oh, you hadn’t seen Cloverfield? I do prefer it to this one but I’ve not seen it since I went to it in the cinema. I really should re-watch it again now. Glad you enjoyed it! I’m ready for more now. 🙂

  3. I just couldn’t get enough of the tension between John Goodman and Winstead here. A fantastic ride for me, but I can also see where it doesn’t quite do it for others.

    • Yeah, I did think Goodman was great (although I hated seeing Sulley being mean! 😉 ). I guess I just wasn’t sure what to expect from the movie. Still not sure how I felt overall but AM excited over the thought of there being more films. 🙂

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  6. I liked almost everything about this movie… It develops very well the not-so-new idea of the plot, Winstead’s character is smart and anything but a stereotypical female thriller movie hero. Goodman was awesome as always.

    I mean, of all sci-fi movies/thrillers there aren’t actually many that stay that minimal and still WORK – it’s incredibly hard to have just 3 guys in an apartment and make it a tense and nervous thriller.

    And not many people appreciate it, as I found out… while checking the reviews one guy adviced ‘400 Days’ that was indeed somehow similar but was such a piece of barely watchable crap that I just want to erase it out of my memory.

    I think the original story of this movie was different. Initially it was called ”The Cellar” and was supposed to be low budget thriller. Then the studio brought Damien Chazelle (Whiplash & La La Land) who was supposed to direct it and he modified the script that was used in the movie

    ps. Another film of this kind that worked for me was ‘Exam’ (2009), have you watched it?

    • I’m glad you liked this one! : ) Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get into it. I think I was maybe expecting too much as I loved the trailer & the first film. But I do love that this will now be a series of “Twilight Zone-style”, unrelated films. I adore the original Twilight Zone & very much look forward to more bizarre, unusual, and supernatural “Cloverfield” stories as that’s very much my type of thing. I figure they’ll be hit or miss, just like the Twilight Zone tv series. But I think it may make me appreciate this one more in the future. : ) Yes, I did like Exam although I was a little disappointed as I thought the concept was great but that they could’ve done more with it. I don’t normally link to my stuff as I feel annoying for doing that but I do love when people actually want to thoroughly discuss films with me (I’m such a nerd!). : ) So I reviewed Exam here: https://table9mutant.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/exam-paul-williams-still-alive-the-to-do-list-movie-reviews/ – One I’d recommend, if you liked Exam, is the film Circle: https://table9mutant.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/circle-2015-review/ 🙂

      • Sure, feel free to share the links, that’s why we write reviews! 😉 I’ll definitely add Circle to my watch list, thanks!

        I remember I really loved Exam as these minimal movies sometimes manage to entice me completely… or cause incredible anger like ”Triangle” or ”400 Days” (horrible stuff).

        That said, 10 CL is stronger than Exam thanks to the performances. I love Twilight Zone too! 🙂 Although I haven’t watched so many episodes. Which are your favouire?

        Btw, have you seen something with/by Mark Duplass? Like The One I Love? It felt like a modern version of Twilight Zone.

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