Fresh and Exciting
If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
Do not watch. Total waste of time. Do not watch. Total waste of time. Do not watch. Total waste of time.
10 Cloverfield gets right what movies in this genre fail to do, they ignore story while piling on tired predictable dialog and CGI to try and compensate, this is not that movie
Let me start out by saying that I haven't seen the original movie, so this review is purely based on the movie at hand.I saw this on Netflix and thought that I'd give it a go, especially seeing as I'd missed the beginning on television. I'm one of those people who has to see the beginning! However, with this one, it wouldn't have mattered much.The casting was good, but could still have been better! However, it was good to see John Goodman in a dark role, as we're so used to seeing him in a light, comedic role (at least, I am)!The movie starts off as a mystery (warning: if you don't want spoilers, don't read any further):
A woman wakes up in a bunker and is told by Howard (Goodman), who is a stranger at the time, that the air is polluted and, because of that, nobody else survived, therefore there's no-one looking for her. She is introduced to Emmett and the audience wonders whether or not he's Howard's accomplice. Howard passes Michelle some clothes claiming that it was another girl's clothes, but admits that they're his daughters, who used to love to design, as does Michelle, but her mother turned her against him and took her to Chicago. Michelle finds a picture of the former 'housemate' who is "no longer with us" and questions whether it really is Howard's daughter, or another woman who went missing and was never heard from again. Is Howard just bonkers?It was boring at the beginning, but picked up during the middle. It just lost me by the end, though, as it went from a murder mystery to a... sci-fi. Michelle then goes to combat with no prior combative experience, just because she heard someone's pleas over the radio. What a ridiculous decision!The writers and director clearly didn't have a clear vision for the movie and couldn't iron out the plot holes, or even tie them up in a neat bow! Would I re-watch or even recommend this movie to anybody? No.
'10 Cloverfield Lane' is a tense and enjoyable addition to the Cloverfield franchise. While this film may be set in the same world as the original Cloverfield and contain a few references to the events of the first film, it is ultimately its own movie. Everything from the characters to directing style - even the genre - is different. This was frustrating to a certain extent, as I had the expectation for it to be a follow up to events of the first film, but once you get used to the fact that this is a completely different story to the original film, you are able to enjoy the film for what it is. Having only a small number of cast members (four to be exact), the pressure is put on the actors to pull off a good job, as all the attention is on them. Thankfully, all the three main actors did a superb job in their characters, with John Goodman being the clear standout. He portrays his complex character so well, and until the final moments of the film, you are still trying to figure out whether he is a hero or a villain which I found rather refreshing. The storyline was quite intriguing and in-depth with many surprising plot twists that kept me on the edge-of-my-seat, just like the original film. The ending did seem quite out-of-place when compared to the rest of the narrative, but when looking at the film franchise as a whole, it makes sense and certainly sets us up for another addition the Cloverfield franchise (which is coming out in 2018)!