FILM REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane is an absolute masterclass in building tension that secures you to the very edge of your seat. Undisputedly, 10 Cloverfield Lane is something very special and most definitely one of the best films out in theatres right now.

As one of Dan Trachtenberg’s first ever attempts at being behind the camera for a feature-length film (with help from producer J.J. Abrams), what he’s brought to the screen is truly astonishing.

The success of this film is a result of a team with an abundance of varying talent; John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s performances are notably phenomenal. Plus writer Damien Chazelle was on board, who is responsible for last year’s Whiplash; a film that was a highly regarded by both critics and viewers alike, so it certainly stood Chazelle in good stead for his next screenplay and he definitely delivers.

It’s unsurprising with a team like this that 10 Cloverfield Lane manages to be intense, smart, funny and touching.

If you’ve seen the trailers you’ll know that it leads you to believe it’s all about two men and a woman. They’re held up in this underground bunker, taking shelter from some unknown terror above ground. In the beginning, it seems as though they get along with one another for the most part, we see them playing board games and enjoying a meal together. However, there are lots of little foreshadowing clues as the trailer presses on, which suggests all is not well and there’s definitely more than meets the eye.

All of this is present and correct within the film itself, and the attention to detail is wonderfully crafted. Usually as viewers we’re one step ahead of the characters we’re following on screen, but the pacing in 10 Cloverfield Lane has us learning and discovering at the same time as the characters. This approach is particular fascinating; it creates a much stronger sense of urgency and constantly left you feeling vulnerable.

It’s difficult to find fault in 10 Cloverfield Lane, although it may not be for everyone. If you love a good story and character development that’s clearly been handled with care, then this is the film for you, but those expecting the film to be a successor of 2008’s Cloverfield, may be disappointed as the film is not a direct continuation.

Watch the trailer below:

By Mac Spain

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