10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.
Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg
Written by: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min
After a brutal car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), wakes up in a crazy survivalist’s underground bunker. The subterranean lairs owner introduces himself as, Howard (John Goodman), and he claims to have saved her life. He also tells her the world is under attack by aliens (or the Russians) and the air outside isn’t breathable.
Clearly he’s crazy right? Or is he? Some evidence supports his story, but other details call to question his sincerity. John Goodman’s award worthy performance perfectly portrays a man trying to do what he feels is right, against his character’s social awkwardness, questionable history, paranoia, and bad temper. It is a brilliant performance, and the single best reason to watch this film. But, thankfully, not the only reason.
The conclusion to this story is superb, and more than makes up for the moments during the second act that drag. I won’t spoil the end for you, but I will tell you it was everything I wanted it to be. It was bold, fun, and exciting, plus It clarified some points, while raising more interesting questions that I’d love to see answered in a sequel.
This is a must see for John Goodman fans (and who isn’t a fan of this underappreciated actor?) Expect an efficient mystery/thriller with some nice surprises at the end.
John Goodman of course!