Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

I very much enjoyed Cloverfield. I saw it in theaters twice. It was a fun monster movie and was a good time. It was found footage style which made the camera a little shaky. A friend of mine had to leave the theater and throw up because of how shaky the camera was.) This one was shot “normally” which was good.

It’s best if you go into this movie with little knowledge. So if you don’t want to know too much stop reading after the line break.

I saw this in IMAX. I did not need to. You do not need to.

Know that this movie is going to be over hyped. Don’t get your hopes up too high. If you go in with huge expectations you are going to be disappointed.

Now, I’m not going to spoil the movie but I am going to talk about it a bit. I don’t think it would really spoil the movie if you read anything below bit maybe avoid reading it if you think it might.

This movie is very much like Room. (Except the character in this movie is a bit more bad-ass/less of a victim.) If you’ve seen the movie it won’t shock you to learn that the budget is only $15 million. A bit high for an indie film but considering JJ Abrams is attached as producer it surprised me. (This movie is going to make a killing for the studio)

If this movie was called something else I would have liked it more. (But I really liked it!) I almost want to punish it for being called what it is called. I expected more action from this movie. This movie is full of suspense and action but because of its namesake I wanted more monsters/aliens/destruction.

I was not satisfied by the ending. It left me wanting more. (In a good way but also in a bad way.) I was satisfied but not satisfied enough.

Rereading those last sentences it sounds like I didn’t like the movie. Not true. I really liked this movie. It was really well done. Well shot and directed and acted.

10 Cloverfield Lane is in theaters now.

TLDR: 4.5/5. I really liked this one and as long as you don’t get over hyped I think you will too. Suspenseful and compelling. You could wait for a disc or a stream though.

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