10 Cloverfield Lane

Last night I watched the film, 10 Cloverfield Lane starring John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  The movie is described as Drama, Horror, Mystery on imDb.  The synopsis is this: After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Michelle, who starts the movie off by running away from a failed relationship.  You don’t get a lot more than that and I suppose it doesn’t really matter.  After being involved in an accident, she wakes up to find herself in the company of Howard played masterfully by John Goodman. She is told that she is being kept there since an ‘attack’ happened outside and the outside air is dangerous. Once she wakes up in a Doomsday Bunker, the movie starts and doesn’t let off the tension.   She is joined by by Emmett played by John Gallagher Jr. and that pretty much rounds out the cast.  This film is definitely a how to guide in Limited Storytelling.

This is going to be a spoiler free review but the movie is really two movies rolled into one.  Without going into much detail, the ending of the movie is on a different landscape than the rest of the film.  The tension inside the bunker is intense and had me on the edge of my seat during many scenes.   John Goodman is outstanding in this role.  He plays a man that is insane but possibly also right about the end of the world.  Each time he was on screen, I was a little terrified myself. The movie asks the question, Would you trust this man in real life?

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is captivating as well. You may remember her from Scott Pilgrim vs The World, where she played Ramona Flowers.   She has a charisma and beauty that really make her pop with each scene.   As Michelle, she delivers a sense of fear and apprehension that stick with the viewer.

Now…the ending.  I don’t want to give anything away but it really let me down.  I had felt a similar feeling while watching a certain film by M. Night Shyamalan.  It doesn’t destroy the movie entirely but takes away from what could have been a Classic film.  This film felt like a J.J. Abrams film and that’s because he was the Producer.  It is actually directed by Dan Trachtenberg, who hasn’t really directed anything prior to this movie.  There was also a Hitchcock vibe to it, especially the beginning of the movie and I enjoyed that immensely.

I would definitely recommend this film, if just for the performances by Goodman and Winstead.  The ending, well I will let you decide on that, but it took a little off the rating for me.  That being said, I will give this film:

4 out of 5 Brews. 

Definitely worth a rental and a film that you will be thinking about after you see it.  Go check it out and enjoy!