10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) movie poster

director Dan Trachtenberg
viewed: 03/20/2016 at AMC Metreon 16, SF, CA

Probably the best way to watch 10 Cloverfield Lane is the least likely way to watch it: not knowing anything about it.

I won’t spoil it for you, but chances are you know enough about it already that the film to guess what’s around a few of its corners.  Or at least speculate.  But the upshot is that it’s pretty entertaining even with reasonable guesses as to where it’s going and how it’s going to turn out.

John Goodman plays Howard, a man with a bomb shelter, who has Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Emmett (John Galagher, Jr.) down in the shelter with him.  Michelle finds herself there after a dramatic car accident and is trying to decide if she’s been abducted or saved by the survivalist Howard who claims that the air outside is poisonous and some major attack, human or alien, is underway.  Or is he just totally crazy?

Looming and claustrophobic, it’s a tense thriller of confinement and confined spaces, driven by the characters and their uncertainty about one another, power and control, and existential threats.

I took my kids (ages 12 & 14) to see it and they both liked it too.

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