This movie was surrounded by mystery and just hearing about since January under a different name proves that Bad Robot is the master of keeping secret projects under wraps without the knowledge of not knowing what’s it about. Though 10 Cloverfield Lane isn’t a direct sequel to 2008’s groundbreaking found footage film Cloverfield, this might have some things that are somewhat relations to it. It’s so psychological. It’s the perfect definition to describe the direction and the script. Both of which were great. This was a fantastic directorial debut from Dan Trachtenberg and could possibly see a great career for him in the future. Perfect, stellar performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher, Jr.
But hands down, John Goodman is already Oscar worthy. Is his character the one to think is he crazy? Or do we believe him about what’s happening outside keeping the other two leads safe inside? He’s kind of like the equivalent to Kathy Bates from Misery but not in that psycho way. There are times where it feels claustrophobic and you’re just thinking “How would I get out of this bunker?” just thinking you’re scared at some point and that’s thanks to the writing and Bear McCreary’s solid score. Kind of had the feeling of a Twilight Zone episode of some sorts.
What really made 10 Cloverfield Lane outstanding was that it was great at being tense and thrilling throughout in a way of kind of being believable as a blood relative to Cloverfield.