100 Word Review – 10 Cloverfield Lane

John Goodman as Henry; Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle; and John Gallagher Jr. in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE; by Paramount

The tense and claustrophobic feeling provided by the environment reminds me a lot of Alien. But a bigger reminder is the heroine’s character arc and growth. Michelle’s progression from bystander to active participant is handled really well, bolstered by Winstead’s measured performance.

Goodman’s build is used extremely effectively in the tight sets; the camera framing him as a very intimidating and unsettling figure.

The efficient story wastes nothing; I’m sure a re-watch would reveal plenty of foreshadowing I didn’t catch.

The wobbly camera prevents me from watching the original Cloverfield, but 10 Cloverfield Lane comes across as a decent standalone piece.

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