Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

I didn’t even know they were making a sequel to Cloverfield. Cloverfield came out in 2008. It was super shaky and I felt sick watching it most of the time. I don’t understand how shaky footage is suppose to make you want to watch a movie but apparently that’s going to be the norm right now in movies. So when 10 Cloverfield lane came out I thought it was going to be the same thing. I’m so happy it wasn’t. [This may contain SPOILERS]

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The story in 10 Cloverfield Lane was developed better and character development was more in depth. The story wasn’t predictable at all. I was even questioning if this was really a sequel because the writing is different. From start to finish the movie just pulls you in. I was waiting for aliens to come in any minute. I wasn’t really sure what was happening or if John Goodman was really crazy. The movie starts with Michelle who seems to be running away from her fiance. I don’t remember if he was abusive or not but from the look on her face, the fight they had must have been pretty bad. She looked scared. On the road she is hit by a pick-up truck. She wakes up hooked on an IV and chained to the ground. Howard, played by Goodman, put her there. He claims to have saved her from something. He sounds completely insane at this point and she tries to escape. He tells her that the air outside is contaminated and that’s why he has built this bomb shelter. At this point you think that he’s one of those crazy conspiracy theorists. With them there is this other guy named Emmett who says that he believes Howard. Emmett helped Howard make the bomb shelter. Michelle spends most of the movie getting away. This movie is kinda like a more intense version of those escape the room games everyone has played.

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So how would I describe Howard. I believe he is a serial killer. I kinda felt that there was something off about him when he showed Michelle a picture of his “daughter” Megan. Megan and Michelle are both brunettes. I think Megan might have been his wife in the past. Maybe her death triggered something in him that made him want to kidnap girls who looked like her so he doesn’t get lonely. Maybe she was the only one who understood his crazy behavior. I’m not sure but I’m getting all of this from watching too many Criminal Minds episodes, lol. Near the end you do find out that he killed that girl in the picture who was suppose to be Megan. And after Howard kills Emmett (this was when he found out Emmett and Michelle were up to something. They were trying to escape. Emmett took the blame so Howard kills him and dissolves his body in acid. Pretty extreme huh!) he dresses up and shaves. He wanted to look presentable to Michelle. It’s so creepy. So I’m thinking he was just waiting for the right opportunity to kill Emmett so he can have Michelle all to himself.

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I think it is interesting how they included a serial killer into an alien movie. Howard pretty much took advantage of all the chaos going around and used that to lure people into his creepy bomb shelter. He probably knew that the air wasn’t contaminated at all.

I really enjoyed watching the movie. I liked that not everyone died in the end and that they hinted at a third movie. I guess if you looked at both of the movies together as a whole it made sense that the first one was shaky. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the next one. I hope it’s full of action because who doesn’t love action!

Watch this movie if you haven’t seen it already. I found it entertaining and not predictable so I think you guys will enjoy this. You don’t actually have to watch the first one to understand what’s going on with this one.

Audience: PG-13
Imaginative factor: 10
Acting: 9
Story: 10
Direction: 10
Would I recommend: Yes

*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.

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