So I watched 10 Cloverfield Lane & rate it 8/10. Warning: Spoilers!
I caught the afternoon screening of 10 Cloverfield Lane at the nearby theatres today. When I first saw the trailer, I thought it would be something I wouldn’t see in the cinemas, that it’d be something I watch when the DVD version is out. Why? Because the trailer looked cheap. Sure, there was a mystery surrounding the premise in the trailer, but what horror film trailer doesn’t? Anyway, I underestimated the movie. I decided to watch it after seeing a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes (which surprised me because they usually give crap scores for most of the horror films I’ve seen).
Sci-fi director/producer J.J. Abrams did several other famous movies, like Mission Impossible III and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (note: I say ‘famous’, not ‘fantastic’). This could be one of my favourites of his works.
I haven’t seen the prequel, Cloverfield, but I know it had something to do with monsters and aliens. Which was why when the first seconds of 10 Cloverfield Lane played, I knew it had to be alien-related. And I waited for that. The first 80% of the movie had no monsters or aliens, which sort of led me to have doubts- maybe this is not an alien film, maybe I thought wrong. But surely, there had to be more than that. Up to the point before the aliens started to appear (which was at the ending of the movie), everything was great. Just the right amount of suspense given, with very few cheap-jump scares that most lousy horror films use. I want to add that John Goodman portrayed his character perfectly. Super creepy guy. The movie creates this difficult choice-making in viewers, making us choose between being stuck in an anti-alien safety shelter with a psycho-kidnapper, or being out in the world that you know, but having to hide from the dangers of the unknown- the monsters. I just thought the ending was a little abrupt, with the lead actress managing to destroy a giant alien with a single Molotov Cocktail.
All in all, 10 Cloverfield Lane shows that you don’t need ghosts and shaky filming that make things look blurry in order to make a movie scary. A good horror film can be scary even without the visuals and sound effects, and 10 Cloverfield Lane managed to do it.