I was anticipating the release of “10 Cloverfield Lane” for a few weeks now. Blockbusters tend to be quickly released here in Brazil, usually on the same day as the United States. However, movies that aren’t Marvel big can take a while to get here or not even get a wide release at all. Thankfully, “10 Cloverfield Lane” came out with only a month of difference, and when it did I was right there at the theatre to see it. I thought I’d share my quick thoughts about it with you.
I have very little knowledge about the original “Cloverfield”. I downloaded it before “10 Cloverfield Lane” came out, but never actually got around to watching it. But why the hell was I excited to see the movie, then? The cast, basically. I have said here before that I like to watch movies because of actors, and this one has three very fine ones: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. They definitely didn’t disappoint, carrying the whole movie by themselves. John Goodman manages to go back and forth between likable grandpa and terrifying psycho and he does that seamlessly. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is extremely expressive, and is never relegated to the damsel in distress role, instead taking charge of her own life and her own decisions. John Gallagher Jr. plays his character in a great, almost understated way, recognizing his place in the narrative and not trying to steal the spotlight from the other characters.
Essentially, the movie tells the story of Michelle (Winstead), a woman who gets into a car accident and wakes up in a bunker, where a guy named Howard (Goodman) tells her everyone outside of it is dead. The story is confirmed by Emmett (Gallagher Jr), and Michelle has to live with the two of them even through her many questions. I highly recommend going into it knowing as little as possible so you get the best experience out of the thriller. I made the mistake of watching some interviews with the actors about the movie, and while the interviews are spoiler-free, a douchebag in the comments spoiled one major plot point, so I suggest you stay away from those until after you’ve seen the movie.
I thought everything worked very well in this movie. While I wasn’t particularly fond of the ending for a few reasons which I’ll not talk about here, most of the movie was great. I went through the whole thing never really knowing who was telling the truth, and the small questions the movie planted were enough to keep me hooked. I wasn’t actually interested in the answers to those questions, as the road to them was so interesting. The set design worked along with the narrative in order to create that unsettling feeling, making the bunker look both like a prison and a home, depending on the plot point the movie found itself in.
I really liked the style of the movie. There weren’t cheap scares, and the shots were perfectly chosen, in my opinion. There were shocking twists and the journey towards the answers was more exciting than the prospect of getting actual answers. I definitely recommend watching this if you haven’t yet, especially if you like thrillers and minimal cast movies.
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