Director Dan Trachtenberg‘s first feature,10 Cloverfield Lane, is a remarkably imaginative thriller with a cast that give some incredible performances.
It’s best going into 10 Cloverfield Lane knowing as little as possible as the film’s central character, Michelle (played brilliantly by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), is in the dark for almost the entire movie. I will say this much; it starts with Michelle getting into a car accident, she then wakes up and finds herself locked in a bunker along with John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. The big question is whether she is in more danger trapped with these mystery men or free outside where Goodman assures her she would almost certainly perish.
Winstead gives an exceedingly strong central performance as the woman doing what she must do to survive and Gallagher is incredibly likeable as one of the bunker’s guests but it is John Goodman who stands out as he steals every scene with equal parts humour and menace. It’s a real joy to watch him work and this will surely go down as one of his very best performances.
The work behind camera is equally as good as that in front. The script keeps you guessing up to the very end and much praise must be given to the sound department. 10 Cloverfield Lane is one of the most effective sounding films in years giving added dread and jumps.
The final few scenes aren’t quite as strong as those that preceded it but they can’t derail a film that has been that enjoyable up to that point.
That’s where I’m going to leave it. I thoroughly recommend 10 Cloverfield Lane and I can’t wait to see what Trachtenberg does next.
Horror, Drama, Mystery | USA, 2016 | 12 | Paramount Pictures |18th March 2016 (UK)| Dir. Dan Trachtenberg | John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Bradley Cooper