10 Cloverfield Lane18 Mar 2016
I’ve read a few reviews that start with “don’t read anything about this film, see it context free first.” Thankfully, I read these reviews after seeing 10 Cloverfield Lane. Even the fantastic, faux montage trailer, which I saw after the film was much better post-viewing than it would’ve been before. I never saw the first Cloverfield but I don’t think it was my kind of film. Thankfully, this film has little to nothing to do with the first. It merely uses the Cloverfield branding as a jumping off point.
10 Cloverfield Lane is a self-contained entertainment capsule. It doesn’t reach too far beyond its grasp, it paces things, including a great montage, a couple of important reveals and a properly short final encounter sequence quite well. The sense of balance, coupled with good acting (John Goodman can do no wrong in my book, though) makes for a good time. I don’t think this will be a memorable film, but not every film has to be.
I was excited to see Damien Chazelle’s name come up during credits. Not that I have much to go off besides Whiplash, but his influence seemed minimal on this script. Regardless, I’m gunning for more writing credits for him.