Angel’s Review of ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ (No Spoilers)

Movie Description: 

“After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter by two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.”

I absolutely love the first Cloverfield. This sequel came out of nowhere which surprised me because I’m usually very aware about movie news years in advance. The trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was fantastic! It looked completely different from Cloverfield which worried me a little because I couldn’t see how they were going to tie it in, but the curiosity/suspense had the same element that the first Cloverfield had as well.

I thought this film was phenomenal except for the last ten minutes. I honestly loved everything else except the ending.

The performances were just awesome. John Goodman’s performance was award-worthy. He was so disturbing, intimidating, and scary. As the story unfolded, I remained uncomfortable throughout the film because of how brilliant his performance was. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also did a great job along with the other actor as well. They gave performances that were authentic which allowed this story to have a realistic horror element, just like its predecessor.

The story was incredibly spine-chilling! It really was unlike any other movie I have seen and extremely clever. It was refreshing! It took me a long time to figure out what was going on which the first Cloverfield executed very well. It kept me engaged. You’ll debate whether the situation is dangerous or not, which kept me on edge.

The messages presented in the film were also great! From what I interpreted, monsters can come in any form, whether it’s emotionally, mentally, physically, or biologically. The most intriguing part was dissecting Goodman’s character and seeing if he fit into any of those aspects of a monster. Is he a threat or not?

The other message I interpreted was to be prepared for the end/death. The majority of individuals take life for granted. It’s presented throughout this film that regrets are just as harmful as “monsters.” I want to live my life as best as I can with no regrets because I believe that’s an aspect that contributes to happiness and fulfillment. I appreciate the things, places, and people I care about in my life and this film made me reflect on my actions to further improve my attitude on not taking anything for granted.

Honestly, I thought this film was perfect until the end. I really did not like the end because, for me, it was a complete tone shift. The filmmakers and cast created a tone for a phenomenal, suspenseful, eerie, claustrophobic, self-contained story, but the ending felt like a completely different movie. I was thinking to myself, please stop what’s going on no?! It just felt cheesy, out of place, and almost ruined the entire film for me.

I understand that this movie was “related” to the original Cloverfield and had to find some way to connect them, but I thought they could have handled it better. This ending will separate film viewers, people will like it and others will not.

Overall, I loved everything about this film until those last moments. The movie was just as amazing as the trailer. It was fresh, disturbing, compelling, engaging, frightening, intriguing, and thought provoking. I thought John Goodman was the creepiest and best aspect of the movie. My rating for this film is 8.5/10!

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