Sunday, March 20, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane

Grade:  B                

Rated:  PG-13 (for thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some violence, and brief language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg
Written By: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle

Cast:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle,  John Goodman as Howard Stambler, John GallagherJr.
as Emmett, Bradley Cooper as Ben, Cindy Hogan as Neighbor, Woman Mat Vairo as Jeremy

What's it about?

A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and that the world outside is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic catastrophe. Uncertain what to believe, the woman soon determines that she must escape at any cost.

This is a very entertaining genre mix, with plenty of mystery and suspense, with a touch of horror and comedy, and to finish it all off, a pretty decent action-thriller.  This could be bad or good, depending on your perception.  I liked the first hour of the movie best, as it really had me gripped and invested on what was happening.  It kept me guessing with some added twist and turns. Goodman is the real genius here, and the true mystery.  I also like the Michelle character, who acts smartly in the movie, where as in many other movies of this type, the character typically acts stupidly.  It's a fresh and smart take on a victim-like character. The last part of the movie on the other hand, was a little disappointing, as it becomes a different type of movie, and the adjustment is just so weird.  None-the-less, it had its own entertainment value, I just wish it was done a little differently.  On a whole, I enjoyed the movie, as the acting was solid across the board, and it's a story that keeps you wondering even after its all over -- a great conversation piece.   I wish I knew a little more background on the characters, but I suppose that's part of the mystery.   Whether or not its a sequel to the Cloverfield movie is debatable in my opinion, but you can make some comparisons.

What I liked about this movie:
  • John Goodman is perfect for this role
  • It held my interest from beginning to end
What I didn't like about this movie:
  • It shifts genres too abruptly for my taste
  • The lack of information on the characters
Who should see this movie?

It's hard to say, as it is not genre based.  I will say, it's entertaining, and I was never bored, and there is a little bit of everything to satisfy most average movie goers.  It's PG13, so there isn't too much offensive going on here, but its not for young kids.  I will also say, its not like Cloverfield, although it does have some elements of that type of movie.  It's not a masterpiece, but it's a good one time watch.

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