Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Year Released: 2016
Directors Name: Dan Trachtenberg
Producer: J.J. Abrams
Lead Actors: John Goodman | Mary Elizabeth Winstead | John Gallagher Jr.
Production Company: Paramount Pictures | Bad Robot | Spectrum Effects
Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery


Storyline (From IMBd): Soon after leaving her fiancé Michelle is involved in a car accident. She awakens to find herself sharing an underground bunker with Howard and Emmett. Has she been saved from an apocalyptical event as Howard & Emmett tell her or are there other motives for her being held against her will?


I loved this movie. There was so much going on. First of all, the acting is fantastic. John Goodman was fantastic as always. I recognized Mary Winstead from Scott Pilgram v. The World and I think she did just as an amazing job in this movie as she did in her previous film. And of course John Gallagher Jr. played in the new movie Hush. I have not seen him in anything else, but what I have seen from him so far, I am a fan.

Michelle has run away from her life, for whatever reason. We have no idea where she is going or why she is leaving her fiancé. All we know is that she is upset and leaving town. Before she gets to where she is going, she finds herself in an accident. When she awakens she is chained to a wall, in what looks like a basement.

She soon finds out from Howard, the man who owns the bunker, that there has been a chemical attack and he claims he has saved her. He also tells her that the air is not safe so she cannot leave the bunker. Of course, like any normal person, Michelle questions it, even though there is another man, Emmett, trapped in the bunker with her. All she can do is try to trust this stranger that he is telling the truth, but he acts strange and she questions his true motives.

I thought this movie was very inventive and fresh. The female protagonist is not some helpless woman that settles in and lets things happen to her. She fights the entire time, wanting to know the truth, wanting to be free. I loved that she was so head strong and did not, for even one moment, take what Howard said as truth. My only problem was how she so quickly trusted Emmett.


You can see from early on that Howard is a little sick in the head. We learn about his daughter and suddenly we see that he is trying to replace the daughter that he lost in a divorce. Now the question is, did he run Michelle off the road on purpose because she reminded him of her daughter, or was it an accident like he said.

No one seems to mention or even notice that Howard disappears from time to time. My thoughts around this time were if he was disappearing above ground, or if he had a secret room he hid in. I just found it a little odd because he was so paranoid that something would happen between Michelle and Emmett, I don’ t see why he would have left them alone.

But it didn’t seem to matter, seeing as at the end he kills Emmett. This is towards the end of the movie and I was sure I had figured out the movie at this point. I was sure that there were no attacks and this guy was just crazy and trying to replace his daughter and Emmett was in on it, to make the story seem real. But then he kills Emmett. I was obviously confused as to what in the world was going on at this point.

Michelle finally gets out of the bunker and escapes with her homemade hazmat suit. She quickly discovers that the air is safe and at first glance all seems right with the world. At least until the alien space ship appears!

**Spoilers Over**

This movie had me guessing through the entire thing. I didn’t know what was real and what was fake. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I was thrown for a loop. The writers did a fantastic job with this storyline. It’s not often that I am so confused through the entire movie. The ending was something that could be a proper ending, but also leaving the movie open for something more. I do hope that there is more to this story to come. The movie was thrilling, intense, and pretty crazy. There wasn’t a dull moment with Howard’s explosive temper and Michelle’s constant questioning.


Have you seen 10 Cloverfield Lane? What did you think about it?


5 thoughts on “Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

  1. Jason says:

    I really liked the movie. Yes, it doesn’t have a clear cut connection to Cloverfield (unless you look at its mythos), but it had an engaging story, great acting (from a small principle cast). Though, you can kind of tell where the original script ends and the new repurposed script takes place (the last 20 minutes. Still, a very great movie.

    • Heather M. says:

      I am finding a great appreciation for movies with small cast. They are able to put more money into production and the script, giving us a better movie over all.

  2. Steph Laymon says:

    Not only have I not seen it, I never heard of it. I am definitely adding this to my watch list. Thanks for the great review and intro! ❤

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