10 Cloverfield Lane review

10 Cloverfield Lane still
10 Cloverfield Lane still

It's not too often a Hollywood movie sneaks into cinemas without too much fanfare - but 10 Cloverfield Lane has done just that this weekend.

Coupled with a major casting against type, this movie could be one of the sleeper hits of the year.

So, what exactly is 10 Cloverfield Lane?

It inhabits the same fictional universe as the disappointing Cloverfield, but producer JJ Abrams is adamant this is not a sequel. Once you watch it, I think you'll agree.

All I will say, is 10 Cloverfield Lane is inhabited by three people, and one of those is John Goodman. But before you think this is a comedy, think again.

And when Michelle wakes up in his underground bunker, after a mysterious car accident, we are as bewildered as she is about what happened, where she is, why she is there, and who should she trust.

Cleverly keeping the audience as much in the dark as Michelle is, this film kept me guessing almost until the final credits.

And how good is that.

This is definitely a case of the less you know the more it works.  See it for John Goodman alone in a role you may never have expected him to inhabit with such creepy, disturbing ease.

If you didn't rate Cloverfield I urge you - do not let that stop you from buying a ticket to 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Four stars.

 10 Cloverfield Lane:: Director: Dan Trachtenberg :: Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr., Bradley Cooper, Suzanne Cryer:: Rating: M - Violence & content that may disturb:: Running Time: 103 minutes:: Release Date: March 10, 2016


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