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
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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