Quick DVD Review – ’10 Cloverfield Lane’


Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

My best mate Stephen lent me the film ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ on DVD for me to watch. I took an interest in the film when I saw it at his house recently. I’ve seen the film in its entirety and…I really enjoyed it! I didn’t know what to expect with this film. It changed from being a psycho drama into something else.

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ was released into 2016. It’s a sort-of sequel to the 2008 film ‘Cloverfield’, which I’ve not seen for your information. But honestly, I don’t think you need to worry about that as this film was pretty easy to get into. This does feel like a standalone film with a few tie-ins to a past and a future movie.

The movie comes the producer’s chair of J.J. Abrams. Yes! That J.J. Abrams! Of rebooted ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ fame! But hey, at least he’s the producer this time and the film was directed by Dan Trachtenberg (in his directorial debut apparently). I did like ‘Mission: Impossible III’ from J. J. Abrams by the way. 😀

Anyway, the film is about a young woman named Michelle. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she gets caught in a car crash. She wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men who insist that a bad event – a radiation fallout – has happened to make the planet Earth’s surface uninhabitable.

The theme of this movie is that there’s something more dangerous inside as opposed to outside. Throughout the film, we witness from the point of view of Michelle as she experiences life inside the underground bunker. She discovers that the man in charge of the underground bunker is far more dangerous than she realised.

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle. ‘Sky High’! That’s where I’ve seen her before this. I was pleased to see Mary in something else after such a long time. She delivers a brilliant performance in this, portraying Michelle as both being scared while also being brave at the same time.

The film also stars John Goodman as Howard, the farmer in charge of the underground bunker who claims to have saved Michelle from her car crash. It’s been a while since I saw John Goodman in…well, the live-action ‘Flintstones’ film. He also voiced Sully in ‘Monsters Inc’. I found him great in this movie!

It was fascinating to see the interaction between John Goodman’s character and his ‘Die Hard 4.0’ co-star! Yes, yes! That’s where I’ve seen her in something else before this too. In the film, Michelle doesn’t know what to make of Howard when he looks after her and it turns out he’s not as nice as he seems.

There’s also John Gallagher Jr. as Emmet, who resides in the bunker with Howard and Michelle as well. Emmet is like a comic relief character who befriends Michelle in the movie. It was interesting how he believed there was a nuclear fallout before he and Michelle discovered the truth about Howard later on.

The film contains plenty of tense, dramatic, creepy and atmospheric moments throughout. I didn’t know where the film was going to go and was shocked by one of the characters getting killed. I like how the film builds the tension up step by step. The revelation of what Howard had done to his family beforehand gets revealed too.

I wasn’t expecting there to be aliens featured at the end of the film. Yeah! That happened! When we get to go outside, aliens seem to be responsible for what’s causing Earth’s troubles here. I’m not sure what to make of that. The surprise came out of nowhere as it was a psychological drama beforehand.

The film does end on an open-ended note with a call for help when an alien invasion happens. From what I’ve read, this does lead into a 2018 sequel film that was shown on Netflix called ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’, which doesn’t star Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman. Funny. I thought they’d be in that.

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ has been an unusually enjoyable sci-fi psychological horror-drama film for me. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman deliver superb performances in this. This isn’t usually the film I’d go for to watch. But having seen it, I’m thankful for the experience. It’s been very gripping to watch.

By the way, Bradley Cooper voiced Ben, Michelle’s boyfriend on her mobile at the beginning of the film. That’s the same Bradley Cooper who voiced Rocket in the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films. Wow!

Thanks Stephen for lending me the film to watch on DVD!

Thanks to everyone else for reading this!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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