The trailer for this film came as quite a shock, to everyone! It so came out of left field that no one was expecting it. And in a very huge way I believe this is how the film became a success. Allow me to elaborate. Typically, the idea is that the more you build hype for a movie, the more butts you'll get in those theater seats. However, I felt the marketing for this film was quite brilliant! The first trailer didn't drop until 2 months before the theatrical release of the film. There had been no talk about the film beforehand, no one even knew there was going to be another Cloverfield film.
Stylistically though, the approach to the filming of the movie is quite different from the first one - As the first film was deemed as a found footage type, this one is 100% cinematic. And rightfully so, as the two films are not actually sequels in the sense that people know sequels to be. J.J. Abrams, producer of 10 Cloverfield Lane, made it known that this movie is a blood relative of the first film. One of the co-writers of this film is none other than Damien Chazelle. He known for his Oscar winning 2014 film Whiplash as writer/director, also writing the thriller Grand Piano starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, and had a hand in writing The Last Exorcism II. So it's quite clear the man knows how to tap into the dark material. And he certainly applied it here to this motion picture!
One of the things I absolutely adored about this film was how much it focused with such tunnel vision-like concentration on the tension. It was like a vice, closing in on you, constricting your breathing room and tightening the suspense to a fine tune until it had you in its grip. For a great portion of the movie, you are restricted to the confines of one location, and it's underground! It was like an episode of The Twilight Zone meets an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. And one of the things I love about certain films that never tires for me and I always refer to, is when a film has the ability to not be pigeonholed into one genre or category. And this film most definitely carries that ability. It really is an collective combo of different genres and tones in one single film. And that's what really makes it all the more entertaining to watch!
The story is as follows: A woman gets in a car accident driving out in the country side; when she comes to, she awakens to find herself handcuffed and chained in room. She is then met with two males characters, one of which is the man who claims to have saved her from her car wreck and yet keeps her captive in the room. He urges her and the other guy to stay in the bunker they are currently occupying for their own safety as there has been some kind of attack outside, above ground. If you feel I've given away too much at this point, when you watch the film you will find out that what I've explained is really just the tip of the iceberg. With such tight quarters in a single location for a great deal of the movie, it is a perfect place to explore 3 things: Fear, Suspicions, And Most Importantly, Characters. Because without strong, well rounded characters, it is difficult to feel for them or identify with them, especially when something happens to them.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr. are the fantastic cast we go on this ride with, and they each brought blue ribbon performances to the table. Most of all John Goodman! Before I went to see the movie, I came across this article that intrigued me even more and piqued my excitement to a higher degree - The article was about Mr. Goodman had given an Oscar Worthy performance in this movie - After seeing it, I was a believer! I mean don't get me wrong, I knew the man was an accomplished actor and consummate performer, but his performance in this picture was a revelation! It was nothing short of Bone Chilling! As for the director Dan Trachtenberg, he had made a few shorts previously, but overall this is quite an impressive directorial debut for him! He really had a strong vision that he brought to his film, and it's a vision I would give one of my kidney's to see more of! That is my sick way of saying that I cannot wait to see more films from this guy. He really is a talent that more people to should take notice of! 10 Cloverfield Lane is in Theaters Now!
10 Clovefield Lane Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"