Year of Release: 2016
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Suzanne Cryer
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
Synopsis & Review:
"10 Cloverfield Lane" is Dan Trachtenberg's feature debut, and it succeeds in building the tension between these three characters living together, when the world has apparently collapsed and there's nothing to go back to. The microcosms of these three characters and how they interact is well constructed, as it slowly showcases more details about them, though Howard is never fully explored as it should have been. The director opts not to show much of the outside world, making the bunker the core of the story, however during the last part of the film, it suddenly becomes deeply influenced by Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds", both in tone and aesthetic, without being as fully realized as that film was. The performances from the three leads are solid, as is the wonderful score from Bear McCreary. An auspicious beginning.