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|Featuring:||Mary Elizabeth Winstead … Michelle
Bradley Cooper … voice of Ben, Michelle’s boyfriend
John Goodman … Howard Stambler
John Gallagher Jr. … Emmet
Mat Vairo … Jeremy
Cindy Hogan … Neighbor
Jamie Clay … State Trooper 42
Prequel: “Cloverfield” (2008)
It was the trailer for “10 Cloverfield Lane,” that first piqued my interest. It was very vague, but eye-catching. I was unaware of the intense thrill ride that I was in for.
“10 Cloverfield Lane,” opens in an almost muted tone. We see a young woman who is packing up and preparing to leave her fiancee in his absence. We then see her driving, and she soon receives a phone call from her recent ex. We learn her name is Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and her ex Ben (voiced by Bradley Cooper). He pleads with her to come back, but Michelle remains silent and hangs up. While traveling down a seemingly empty highway. Michelle is run off the road and seriously injured in a car accident.
She awakens in a locked room, chained to the wall, an IV in her arm. We hear footsteps and the unlocking of the door, and we meet Howard (John Goodman). He tells Michelle he saved her life, and that the world has been attacked, the air is not breathable, but she is safe unground in his doomsday survival bunker. Michelle quickly becomes suspicious, and with the help of a fellow inhabitant Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) they become determined to figure out the truth.
Let’s start with the acting, spot on! John Goodman gives us a masterful performance. It’s a very small cast, which is ideal for such an imitate and unique script. The film is intense, but tastefully throws in light and awkward comedy. The direction is superb. The story is told in such a way that you simply cannot look away.
Now, onto the objectionable content, there is quite a bit of it. Most is the violence characters are shown—bloody, burned, beaten, bruised and deformed by acid and a man shot in the head. There are swear words throughout the film, while not gratuitous, they are poignant. As for nudity, a character is shown in her underwear and a tank top.
To avoid giving too much away, onto the spiritual aspects. The story deals with being prepared and being safe. In the crazy world we’re living in currently, fear can drive a lot of decisions. But in Christ, we have no fear. That means, whatever happens in this sinful world, we can stand on the Promises of Christ and weather any storm that may come our way. Jesus promised a place for us beyond this world, and Eternity for those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ and repent of their sins. Hold you to that promise isn’t easy Earthly life. He does promise of everlasting life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film; it kept me on the edge of my seat. I jumped, and it was very intense and thrilling and satisfying in its conclusion. Please be aware of the objectionable content and decide for yourself, using discernment, whether this film is worth your viewing. It is masterfully done and definitely a movie that will stand out through the years.
Violence: Heavy to Extreme / Profanity: Heavy—“Good Lord” (1), OMG (1), “God” (1), “Oh G*d” (1), “Swear to G*d” (1), “d*mn” (1), “h*ll” (1), f-word (1), s-word (1) / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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…a claustrophobic thriller with a whip-smart script that never tips its hand too soon. … [3½/4]
—Chris Knight, National Post
…it’s a little bit of “Room,” a little bit of “War of the Worlds,” and producer J.J. Abrams’ involvement ensures some dashes of unexpected humor… occasional, brutally effective bursts of violence… 
—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…It’s a better movie than its predecessor—one that at least has a sense of humor about itself and its genre…
—Stephanie Zacharek, Time magazine
…sensationally effective… marvelously unnerving… the tension is rooted in psychology rather than gimmickry…
—Justin Chang, Variety
…the movie manages to be smart and shallow at the same time, satisfied with a disposable showman's flair… It is designed to be fun, efficient and accessible…
—Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
…Unexpected, in the best sense… paradoxical conclusion satisfying on multiple levels as it delivers on the thriller setup while introducing surprising new developments…
—Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter