10 Cloverfield Lane Review

Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Goodman John Goodman
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Michelle
John Gallagher Jr. John Gallagher Jr.
Emmett

Plot- After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Review- A woman wakes up in a bunker with two strange men. She last thing she remembers is being run off the road and now she has a busted knee. One of the men (who clearly has a few screw loose) claims that there was a massive attack and that everyone else is dead. Is he telling the truth? Or is it all just a lie?

And that’s all your getting. Trust me, the less you know about this film going in, the better it will be.

It’s anchored by three amazing performances (Well, two and a half- I was never quite certain what I made of John Gallagher Jr. as Emmett.)  with special note going to John Goodman (who to me will always by Fred Flinstone) as Howard, in who’s bunker the film takes place. Its an amazing performance from the normally quite personable actor and I can fully understand the awards ceremony talk that surrounds him.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a role created for her, is outstanding as Michelle who is thrust into this situation with no warning or training, but I feel that the excellence of her performance is effortlessly overshadowed by Goodmans.

There’s really not much more I can say without verging into spoiler territory other than to say that much like The Hateful Eight and Room this is another example of why characters stuck in a small space can generate more tension, excitement and thrills than all the CGI punches in the world.

My Score- See It Now!

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