10 Cloverfield Lane Movie Review

Emily McFarland, Staff Writer

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10 Cloverfield Lane was released on March 11, 2016 as a loosely-related follow up to Cloverfield, portraying the Cloverfield universe in a new and improved, terrifying manner. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr. and follows the plot of a young woman who is captured and held inside an underground bunker along side two men, one of whom incessantly insists that Earth is no longer inhabitable due to a series of hostile events.

The entire plot of the film was revealed as a surprise due to the clever marketing strategies surrounding its release. The few trailers that came out only revealed scenes of Winstead (Michelle) and Goodman (Howard) quarreling over leaving the bunker. The trailers and promotional posters alike adopted the slogan “Monsters come in many forms”, an erie and ambiguous hint meant to entice movie-goers everywhere. This clever technique definitely worked, on account of the film grossing $94.6 million under a budget of $15 million.

10 Cloverfield Lane is unexpected in the best way possible. It leaves audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish, and embodies every heart-pounding technique possible. Goodman and Winstead were phenomenal together, Goodman being a complex and terrifying entity, and Winstead grasping the audience’s support throughout the movie, the two contrast each other perfectly.

10 Cloverfield Lane is a must see for 2016. Producer J.J. Abrams even hinted at a possible sequel as he states that if they’re lucky, the Cloverfield universe, “could be really cool that connects some stories.”

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