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|Original title:||10 Cloverfield Lane|
|Production country:||USA 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 104 Min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
When Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) regains consciousness after a car accident, she is in a bunker underground. From the mysterious Howard (John Goodman), whom she thinks is her tormentor at first, she learns that he had saved her and brought her with him into his bunker. Because through an attack the surface of the earth is contaminated and all men who knew and loved Michelle would be death. Only the two of them and young Emmet (John Gallagher Jr.), who helped Howard build the shelter, were still alive and would have to stay underground until the radiation on the surface was no longer fatal. But Michelle doesn't really want to believe this story. But was there actually a destructive attack? And Howard's her savior, isn't he? But if not, what's he gonna do with her and Emmet?
Director Dan Trachtenberg and his prominent producer J.J. Abrams ("Star Wars - The Awakening of Power") have staged a gripping thriller for a comparatively small budget of 15 million dollars, which was announced only a few weeks before its release with a trailer and poster, completely under the radar of the media. The title "10 Cloverfield Lane" made many fans go crazy, as it seemed that the long-awaited sequel to the found footage monster film "Cloverfield" would finally be released in the cinemas. Even if word has got around long ago, here again quite clearly: "10 Cloverfield Lane" is NO continuation of "Cloverfield". Rather, J.J. Abrams had in mind the idea of a kind of "anthology" series, which, like the series "American Horror Story", is set in a similar universe and yet always tells its own, independent stories. So "10 Cloverfield Lane" is a blood relative, but not a direct descendant of "Cloverfield".
Whoever is waiting for the monster that haunted New York in "Cloverfield" to show up here or even be mentioned will be bitterly disappointed. However, those who break away from exactly this expectation will get a really excellent mystery thriller, which after a somewhat tough beginning can constantly intensify its tension. It's almost impossible to deliver a detailed review of the film without revealing some of the twists and turns that are the main reason for the tension. But that much can be said: The first half of the movie already has a gripping atmosphere, but is primarily determined by more quiet moments and extensive dialogues.
However, then Trachtenberg increasingly uses very cleverly placed turns, which always steer the action in a new, often unexpected direction. And the closer the story approaches its finale, the more intense and oppressive the tension in this apocalyptic chamber play becomes. John Goodman delivers an absolutely great performance, which skillfully meanders between threatening and loveable and leaves the viewer completely in the dark about the true nature of Howard. But Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also perfectly cast as a young woman who does not simply want to surrender to her fate and wants to find out the truth at any price.
Fastly all possible connections to "Cloverfield" are forgotten in the first 80 minutes and "10 Cloverfield Lane" works excellently as an independent work. But then it comes to a furious showdown, where the viewer more or less learns what happened beyond the bunker (No, it's not the "Cloverfield" monster). And at this revelation and the accompanying finale the opinions will be clearly divided. Because the three-person play suddenly becomes something completely different, which reveals the already mentioned blood relationship to "Cloverfield", but somehow doesn't really fit into the rest of the movie. But even if this resolution won't work for some, the fact remains that "10 Cloverfield Lane" has become an excellent mystery thriller over long stretches, which lives from its oppressive setting and the very good actors. And for that there is a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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