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As is typical with a JJ Abrams produced feature, nothing is quite what it seems.
And in the case of 10 Cloverfield Lane, all bets are off. The mystery box opens with Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) chained to a wall. After surviving a car crash, she finds herself waking in a dank room, leg braced and chained to the wall. John Goodman’s Howard claims he ‘rescued’ her from the wreckage, and brought her to his underground bunker, demanding gratitude. Naturally, Michelle requests to be taken to a hospital, but Howard explains that he saved her from a potential world-ending catastrophe: terrorists… aliens? He isn’t sure.
Either way, Michelle doesn’t trust him (can’t imagine why) Is Howard lying about what’s outside or telling the truth? Goodman, grabbing his juiciest screen role in years, plays it for every tingling note of mirth and menace. And that’s all you need to know.
Dan Tratchenberg crafts a taut, claustrophobic thriller. In the back of your mind you’ll be thinking ‘what on Earth is causing this?’ Patience will be rewarded with well, weirdness. It does veer off into the Strange at the end, but it’s all part of the fun.