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Xplodera’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I still absolutely adore 10 Cloverfield Lane. The tension between John Goodman and his two guests are just amazing and the creepy subtle undertones of his characters give the film interesting layers. It’s a haunting thriller with the vibes coming from Goodman alone, but Dan Trachtenberg manages to bring it even more through claustrophobic cinematography and build-up.
But hey, let’s talk about the ending – which is my only real issue with the film. The thing is, I don’t think the problem with 10 Cloverfield Lane is that it takes a sharp left turn in its climax and becomes something very different. My problems are:
1. The alien-attack itself is a bit underwhelming. There’s nice tension and I do dig the design of the creatures as well as machines – but some stuff feels ripped from Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and the action itself isn’t anything special.
2. I know that the film wants Mary Elizabeth Winstead to discard the crazy theories about an alien attack – but to me, it’s just a bit too much detailed talk about Martians and the red flashes for the reveal to be much of a surprise. Since well… The film basically tells us what’s going to happen, it’s not just the crazy John Goodman that does it, every character discusses it and with a title like 10 Cloverfield Lane it’s hard to be surprised at an extra-terrestrial threat.
Still absolutely love it though.