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10 Cloverfield Lane
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07.19.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Dan Trachtenberg

Actors:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
John Goodman
John Gallagher Jr.

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Following a freak car accident, a woman is held in a shelter by a man who claims that the outside world is being ravaged by a widespread chemical attack.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
10 Cloverfield Lane isn't your typical sequel. It seems to only follow the original film in name alone, telling its own story with completely different characters. This might seem disappointing at first except for the fact that this film's story is even more engaging than the first and is also superbly acted. From scene one, this movies hits the ground running with a beautiful opening sequence filled with one of the best scores in recent memory (thanks to Bear McCreary).

Michelle (played to perfection by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is on the run. We're never explicitly told, but we're given enough details to draw our own conclusions. A car crash brings us to the main titles of the film, and then the story truly begins. She wakes up in a fallout shelter of sorts, where we're quickly introduced to her host, Howard (John Goodman) and a third party, Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.). The two men promise a world of death and decay up above, and Michelle understandably has her doubts. She tries to make the best of the situation while uncovering the truth of what's really going on.

For the most part, this is a three-person film and it works wonderfully. John Goodman is generally so likable, which helps to make his character that much more threatening when things don't go his way. John Gallagher Jr. also has a very likable persona, so it's not hard to buy into the chemistry between Emmett and Michelle. Love story this is not, however, and while the film is always tip-toeing the line between character study and tense thriller, it delivers a third act that's left some viewers disappointed and others cheering. As far as my opinion goes, I think director Dan Trachtenberg is allowed to have his cake and eat it too. This movie is some damn fine entertainment!
THE EXTRAS
There's really only two features on this disc, one of which is a commentary by director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams, with the other being a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film (broken up into chapters). We'll take a closer look and see what they have to offer!

Audio Commentary: Director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams get along well enough to provide a fun and often insightful little commentary track. There's way too much of, "This scene is so good because..." going on, but it's far from a bore. It's not the most fact-laden commentary, but if you'd like to get inside the minds of these two filmmakers, it's worth a listen.

Cloverfield Too (9:07): The following featurettes can and should be watched as one giant behind-the-scenes documentary, but viewers are given the option to watch singular chapters, each of which focuses on a different aspect. As the title suggests, this takes a look at how a sequel to Cloverfied began.

Bunker Mentality (3:48): This is a brief look at the bunker in which most of the film takes place. Cozy!

Duck and Cover (1:44): This featurette covers a very non-conventional costume that plays important role in act 3.

Spin-Off (3:52): While the film does feature some CG elements, this nifty little piece examines a rig built for the finale of the film.

Kelvin Optical (6:07): For those of you seeking a more detailed look at some of the computer generated imagery, this covers some of the bigger effects created for the film.

Fine Tuned (6:42): Composer Bear McCreary hosts this featurette, introducing some of the instruments used to score the film, as well as the various orchestras implemented. A must-see if you dig the soundtrack!

End of Story (3:19): Finally, a few words from the cast and crew round out the special features, with everyone discussing how to create something original that's still attached to a film most people loved.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
10 Cloverfield Lane is impressive on so many levels, from the story to the acting to the directing and so on. And yes, I think the third act was a ballsy move on the filmmakers' part, and the movie is better for it! This film may not be a direct sequel to Cloverfield but it does give viewers a great installment in what may now be a new type of anthology series. Not only that, but it simultaneously delivers a fun and gripping stand-alone experience. For those who enjoy their sci-fi with real-world characters and scenarios, you can't go wrong with 10 Cloverfield Lane.
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