’10 Cloverfield Lane’ (2016, 12A)

Without watching 2008’s ‘Cloverfield’ movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect with ’10 Cloverfield Lane’. What I got was a dark, gritty sci-fi drama which had me on the edge of my seat for the whole duration!

After crashing on the road, a young woman named Michelle wakes up in a bunker chained to a wall. Soon she discovers she is there by the hospitality of a man named Howard, and she is sharing the bunker with him and a younger man named Emmet. After being informed that some sort of nuclear or chemical attack has laid Earth to waste and that the air is not breathable, Michelle starts to have suspicions and tries to escape from the bunker, while Howard seems to becoming less and less generous by the day….

I must say, I thought ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ was a brilliantly written film that had me gripped and engrossed right from the get-go. It’s dark, gritty, scary and fast-paced, making an absolutely phenomenal sci-fi drama. It didn’t seem to rely on its eight-year-old predecessor at all and I found myself hooked for the whole thing. Compared to a lot of films, it was quite short – not even two hours – but that made it all the more better, as if it was any longer it would probably feel like it was dragging on and become boring and slow.

The best bit about this film is that your left with more questions coming out of the cinema to when you went in. I came into watching ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ with as much knowledge of the film as a few quick glances at snippets of the trailer would allow. I knew hardly anything, but came back knowing even less. Who was Howard? Did he do what he was said to have done? Did the characters survive? This means that a lot of the film is left to the imagination, which with most movies I’d pass off  as bad-writing, but with ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ the point is you’re not supposed to know what happens. Throughout the film things about the characters are hinted at but never confirmed, leaving the viewer’s imagination to wander and formulate their own ideas and theories as to how things got there, why things happened, and who did what.

There aren’t really any faults with ’10 Cloverfield Lane’, however I do think that the ending was a bit rushed. Personally, I’d rather if the film was cut a bit shorter and the finally scene was pretty much taken out, leaving even more to the viewer’s imagination and making the film that bit more complicated and interesting.

Overall, I think that ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is a brilliant sci-fi drama which I’d recommend to anyone, however its slightly rushed ending makes it not quite as good as I think it could be, meaning I’ll have to give this film nine-out-of-ten.

 

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