"10 Cloverfield Lane," after a quick opening ,becomes an intense psychological thriller about three people stuck in an underground bunker together, with one quite clearly in charge (Jon Goodman). It's at times scary (Goodman is imposing), at other points heartwarming (Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Junior's character strike up a sweet friendship). You wonder who is telling the truth, how violent things could get, and otherwise are at the edge of your seat. Then Winstead's character escapes with 15-ish minutes left in the movie and suddenly it becomes a sci-fi action flick where she fights some aliens. It is a bit of a jarring shift in tone but the earlier 9/10th of the movie help make-up for how it feels like they just haphazardly stapled the end of a completely different film onto this one. That isn't even a joke, Producer JJ Abrams (whose production company created the first, "Cloverfield,") made this movie by taking much of the script of a different film and changing it to fit as a spiritual-successor of sorts for, "Cloverfield."
|The small cast accomplishes a lot.|
The biggest problem this movie has is that with the word, "Cloverfield," in the title we already know the person who claims something bad is happening up top is correct. The words sandwiched between "10," and, "Lane," make that abundantly clear. The parts of the movie featuring everyone stuck together underground are so claustrophobic, intense, and otherwise terrifying that once things open-up onto the surface it just feels like a completely different movie that still has the same main character. To director Dan Trachtenberg's credit, he doesn't let this late-swerve in the story ruin our fondness for the other majority of the movie, and the last parts aren't even bad--they just really don't feel like they belong in the same damn movie other than because of the rules imposed by that C-word in the title.
|It's literally a claustrophobic film till sudden changes at the end.|
3 out of 5 stars.