The new movie called 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is a hit with audiences and critics alike, probably because it’s a smart, creative, well acted suspense thriller that kept me on edge right up until its surprising climax.
It’s that rare scary film in which the psychology of the characters is as important as the plot.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Michelle. She gets into a serious car accident right after breaking up with her boyfriend and when she wakes up, she’s terrified to discover that she’s chained to the wall of a bunker.
Michelle: What are you gonna do to me?
Howard: I’m gonna keep you alive. You were in an accident. And I saved your life by bringing you here, and everyone outside of here is dead.
That’s John Goodman as Howard, a domineering survivalist who claims that a chemical or nuclear attack has poisoned the atmosphere outside of this bunker that he’s built.
And there’s one more person underground with them. John Gallagher Jr. is Emmett, an immature small town guy who helped build the bunker.
Michelle: What happened to your arm? Were you trying to escape?
Emmett: I was trying to get in.
Early on, Michelle herself tries to escape.
Desperate woman outside: I wanna come inside.
Michelle (to Howard who’s behind a door she locked): She looks hurt; she wants me to let her in.
Howard (yelling): You can’t help her; no one can!
Woman: No, no, no I really am fine. Please, I’m OK. Open the door!
Michelle: She’s begging me.
Woman: Let me in!
Howard: Do not let her in!
The production company that distributes this film is so worried that people might find out what happens that they’ve released very little footage. But here’s how its producer, J.J. Abrams, describes the movie.
J.J. Abrams: You’re constantly feeling that question of what would I do if I were in that situation. It’s a great premise. You’re saved by someone who may be out of their mind. Who do you trust? And what do you do? It’s really dangerous outside, but it’s terrifying inside.
The tension is thick and it keeps building. Now, Michelle knows something is very wrong outside, but what exactly is it?
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is very well done. I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who likes suspense/horror films.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now. firstname.lastname@example.org