Posted Mar 18 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane - This Spiritual Sequel Really Rocks & Ratchets

Dir; Dan Trachtenberg

Starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr, the voice of Bradley Cooper (he's the ex boyfriend on the phone BTW)

OK, we’re going to try and keep this short, largely on the grounds the least you know about this, the more you’ll enjoy it. JJ Abrams certainly thinks so – up until a few weeks ago when the trailer dropped, nobody even knew there was a Cloverfield sequel in the works, let alone one that was all done and dusted and ready for release. Then word reached us that not even the cast knew that’s what they were making. They thought they were filming something called “The Basement.”

So is No 10 really a sequel to the found footage monster invasion movie of a few years back? Yes. And no. It’s definitely a monster movie, but one that questions who or what is the monster. It’s very unexpectedly as much an unanticipated companion piece to the brilliant Room as it is to the original Cloverfield. Fritzl unpleasantly hovers here…but what else does?

That’s about as much as we’re prepared to say. Except all of the rest of this. Feature debut helmer Trachtenberg has a superb handle on the tension and knows when to ramp it up, but also how to play it down, a delicate balance.  

Bear McCreary’s melodramatic score deliberately echoes Hitchcock and Herreman to great, propulsive effect (what would you expect from The Walking Dead’s composer?)

And the cast to a man – and woman (they’re aren’t many of them) – are note perfect in their own clearly defined arenas. But none more so than Goodman. It’s almost an understatement to say that for the last few years John Goodman has been the MVP in, well, everything he’s done. Think Argo. Think Flight. Think Trumbo. We know it’s early. We know this movie is one of those despicable “genre” pieces and may even be viewed by some of something of a conceit. But it’s not too early to call it – John Goodman - first Oscar worthy performance of 2016!

And yes, you heard it here first and blah, blah, blah…(Unless someone else already said it and we missed that.)

Either way, this is as smart and brilliantly executed as it was unexpected. And how often do you get to say that?


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