Compared to other films appealing to the ‘horror’ genre, I have to admit 10 Cloverfield Lane is the best I’ve seen so far, this year!
The twists and turns within the plotline is exactly the sort of stuff that keeps you at the edge of your seat through the entire screening. You learn that you can’t trust any of the characters or the storyline for that matter because you genuinely don’t know what’s true or false!
The storyline follows Michelle, a young girl trying to get away from her troubled life when she is in a car crash. When she wakes up, she is chained to a bed with no idea of where she is or how to get out.
Set mostly inside a bunker, the bleak reality of Michelle never leaving really embraces the audience who feel nothing but pity for her. The tone in the film is so fast paced which makes it so hard to keep up with, the happy atmosphere can quickly change to a violent/angry one which gives the film it’s jumpy nature. To add to this, the unpredictability of the characters leaves us constantly on edge, waiting for something to happen!
The sound was notable for one reason – the loudness! I swear, once I left the screening my ears were ringing! This is why it was so easy to make the audience jump because one minute we could be just watching a meal and the next a character could jump up and the whole scene is flipped on it’s head leaving the audience with no ease.
My favourite character was Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) who along with providing the comic relief gives the audience different storylines to ponder making it almost impossible to trust anyone! Howard (John Goodman) play his part really well too and a lot of the unpredictability comes from him – Yes! Sully from Monsters Inc. isn’t cute or cuddly! He literally petrifies me!
All in all, this is a different approach to horror. The only film I can compare it to is Room…with viruses and bloodshed.