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Classic Movie Review: ’10 Cloverfield Lane’

10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 sci-fi/thriller/suspense movie and its part of the Cloverfield franchise. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, it stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. The plot revolves around three people living in an underground bunker where it seems an event happened that made living outside unsafe.

The film starts off with Michelle (Winstead) running away after a fight with her fiancé and gets into a car crash. She then wakes up in an underground bunker, where a man named Howard (Goodman) lives in and took her there for safety, along with another young man named Emmet (Gallagher). Howard tells them that a nuclear fallout has happened outside, making life outside too dangerous to live in. He says they are safe in the bunker. The trio starts living there like a family, but tensions rise in the small space. Emmet and Michelle find something’s that are too inconsistent with Howard’s story. They realize that Howard has some dark secrets and he is not as put together as he seems.

This movie is really suspenseful and the reason is that it’s so claustrophobic. Nearly the entire film is filmed in the bunker, that small bunker that only three people are living in. You can practically feel the occupant’s tension as they live together, making the bunker, which is supposed to keep them safe, feel more like a cage. The other notion this film has is how unaware everyone is about the outside world. Is Howard right? Was there a nuclear fallout? Is he telling the truth? Are they really safe? We have no idea and are just as clueless as Emmet and Michelle.

This was a good movie. The critics liked it and I liked it. The suspense really brought it along. Enjoy this film.