Arts & Entertainment & Review
10 CLoverField Lane REVIEW
WRITTEN BY SAM PERGOLSKI
“10 Cloverfield Lane,” directed by J.J. Abrams, is a blood relative of the “found footage” horror movie “Cloverfield.” Though the story doesn’t follow that close to the original movie, it is still quite engaging with many turns that allows the viewer to feel the suspense that it is trying to create. It starts off with Michelle, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, leaving her possible boyfriend or husband for some major reason that isn’t explained thoroughly, and going off to try and find a place to cool off and escape from the world. After a couple hours of driving, she becomes victim of a near fatal crash, and she is dragged away to an underground fallout shelter where many things happen that cause her to take action and put her survival skills to the test.
One thing Abrams did well was creating very tense moments that grip the viewers’ attention. Throughout the course of the movie, the owner of the bunker, Howard, played by John Goodman, acts very sketchy as Michelle continues to find out a lot of different things that make his character even creepier and creepier. Now not only is it a great thriller, the story that the movie is based around is very strong, and it gives you a chance to connect with certain characters to the point where you can almost feel what they are going through. This brings me to my next point, that the characters themselves were very entertaining to watch as they find multiple ways to go about and solve the varying situations that they are tasked with whether it’s diseases, insanity, or loss of survival gear, like food and other essential items.
Now no movie can come without problems. Sadly, with this movie, I found it to be somewhat boring in some parts. Luckily it was able to quickly speed up the pace with very intense moments that re-intrigued me so I did not become one hundred percent uninterested. The movie also did a poor job of explaining some of the earlier events or background of how everything came to be and why it did. With these certain pieces of information being tucked away, it forced you to go and find it yourself. Though I like that they are trying to possibly get the reader involved with the movie and it’s lore, I hoped that some of this information would’ve been made clear. The lack of extra info could be easily changed, simply with a sequel that takes the time to explain all that has occurred within the certain time period of when 10 Cloverfield Lane took place and and maybe even the original Cloverfield as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie, as I thought the narrative was extremely well created. I was constantly hooked and enjoyed almost every minute of the film. Its special effects helped to make the movie feel alive and realistic even though it is an unrealistic topic. With that said, I would have to give the movie a solid 8/10 Husky Howls.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
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