Matt’s Movie Corner: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Autumn Fosteson

Matt Schnettler, Journalist

Every once and a while a movie comes along with great characters, great actors, great plot development, a perfect mix of intense moments and comic relief, and generally just an enjoyable watch that rounds off to a perfect finish.

10 Cloverfield Lane did all but one of those things, and it almost was one of those movies. In theaters now, 10 Cloverfield Lane stars John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Most of 10 Cloverfield Lane takes place in a bunker that Howard, played by John Goodman, has built underground in case of nuclear fallout or any other sort of apocalypse. Our main character is Michelle, who at the beginning of the movie was in a car crash and saved by Howard. She wakes up in the bunker to meet Emmett who in turn has taken shelter in the bunker. Michelle then learns the country is under attack from some unknown force, but wonders whether it’s real or she’s being lied to. All sorts of crazy stuff happens from there. If I could describe the movie in one word it would be tense. There are certain points you could cut the tension with a butter knife, smear it on some bread, and make yourself a tension sandwich. Marvelous acting from all three of the main actors, especially John Goodman. He plays the perfect nutty conspiracy theorist with an air of darkness to him.

The movie’s weak points come from a lack of a good ending. I’ll try not to spoil much, but I will say this: the movie’s strongest points come from the tension that builds up within the bunker, and when that stops being the case, that’s where the movie falls apart.

The biggest credit I can give 10 Cloverfield Lane is the theme. The poster reads “Monsters come in many forms” and this rings true throughout the movie. Michelle is given the choice, and we must ask ourselves what’s worse: the “monsters” inside the shelter or out.

The overwhelming tension of 10 Cloverfield Lane combined with stellar performances and a prevalent theme are almost enough to earn it an A+, if only it had ended a little better.

Grade: A