10 Cloverfield Lane – Film Review

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At the weekend my boyfriend and I headed over to the cinema to watch 10 Cloverfield Lane. We felt good, prepared even due to watching the original Cloverfield the night before to recap what had happened and seeing the trailer a few times we figured it was going to be a good film to watch and something to do just adults at the weekend.

It’s hard to review this film properly because I obviously don’t want to give away any spoilers but I feel there’s a part of me that came away not really sure what I’d just watched. I felt kind of thrown in the middle of something and just left feeling a bit confused as to why it was called 10 Cloverfield Lane because there are pretty much no links to the first film except maybe in the last say twenty minutes but even then I’m not so sure.

One thing I do want to say is that I can’t really call it a sequel because there’s hardly any relation to the original film. It’s key to understand this feels so much more like a unique, stand alone film. In fact, I really wish it had been named something different just so I didn’t have Cloverfield in my mind the whole time.

As a film it was pretty good. The acting was believable and there were a few jumpy, shocking moments you’d expect in any thriller but as it had Cloverfield in the title I was kind of expecting some sort of follow on from the other film. My advice would be do not be mislead from the title…if you didn’t like Cloverfield you may be pleasantly surprised by this one! It’s completely different actually, whilst it has a few survival elements like in the original film, it’s portrayed in a completely different way and there’s no found footage type recording thankfully.

Photo Credit: IMDB
Photo Credit: IMDB

I really like how the film starts and thought it was a really effective intro. It’s pretty much silent in terms of dialogue until Michelle answers her phone. Even then you don’t hear her speak. It then escalates pretty quickly and very loudly before getting into the actual film. The first few scenes are a little misleading as well especially for those that have already seen the trailer as the soundtrack makes the situation seem a lot worse than it actually is. There’s a lot of doubt in the film, you don’t really know who to trust. I loved the female lead throughout she was clever, realistic and portrayed that clear fight adrenaline type emotion. She was a fighter and she was pretty good about it.

The last say twenty minutes of the film was really rushed and either not needed or should have been done better. Or even part of the bunker section of the film should have been a lot shorter. What can I say? I liked it but I don’t really think I needed to see it in the cinema. I don’t think I got anything more from seeing it in the cinema however it wasn’t bad. It was a good thriller and I enjoyed the film I just wish it had stepped away from the Cloverfield name.

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  1. I do love a good film review blog!!! I watched Cloverfield about 7 years ago and it was a bit mind bending – I thought I’d have to turn it off at one point. I’ve heard about this film coming out, I want to watch it but I don’t think I am brave enough to go to the cinema. My reckoning is that I’ll watch it at home then have the pause button for breaks. Yes. I’m a wimp. #bloggerclubuk

    1. Kat says:

      It’s not quite as gruesome as Cloverfield was, a
      Particular scene comes to mind!

  2. When I first saw the preview of the movie I thought it was related to the first film too and that is misleading. I didn’t like the first film but I’m not to sure about this one either. I think maybe I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD. Of course, having kids, I usually don’t go to the movies these days unless I’m taking them with me, LOL! I love your honest review of the movie. Visiting from #bloggerclubuk

    1. Kat says:

      If you enjoy a good thriller then it’s a good watch 🙂 we sort of felt like we could have waited for the dvd of this one too!

  3. Ky says:

    I also saw this at the weekend. I had read before seeing it that it actually wasn’t anything to do with Cloverfield so I went in with a bit of an open mind. I didn’t really know what to expect but I certainly didn’t expect the film it turned out to be. I obviously won’t give anything anyway but I really enjoyed it. It was different, and although it had fairly big names for two of the stars and is obviously linked to JJ it didn’t feel too hollywood-y. #bloggerclubuk

    1. Kat says:

      I know what you mean, I think we just kind of assumed because of the name it would be some sort of follow on…Def worth going in a bit more open minded I think!

  4. Becky, Cuddle Fairy says:

    Great review! I love an honest review – and I hate when there are big chunks of a film that are unnecessary – I start looking at my watch then. Thrillers aren’t for me, I’m too much of a wimp 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us! #bloggerclubuk x

    1. Kat says:

      Thank you, I know what you mean it was a tough one but a good one if you’re into thrillers! Most of the films we have coming up are super hero films now until June when I am going to watch Me before You – I think haha that’s going to be a tearjerker I reckon!

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