Sitting cosy I have to mention some of the trailers, which are an early warning sign that the Summer blockbusters are on their way. First up was Batman vs Superman, which I will probably go see, so stay tuned as it’s a movie that will answer some very important questions. Secondly there was a very interesting trailer for a revamped Jungle Book which I most definitely won’t be seeing, you’d want to be on hard core drugs to sit through that....or maybe have kids or something....but I don’t know why people ruin their lives and sit around watching remakes of Disney movies to begin with.
Thankfully 10 Cloverfield Lane manages to avoid the blockbuster mentality and has a somewhat b-movie horror vibe to it.
The movie begins when Michelle (the damsel) having the worst possible break up, as she packs a loose bag and ends up staying with Josef Fritzl and Brandon Dassey .
The result is a film which packs a serious psychological punch with Michelle questioning whether the monster lives outside the hatch or maybe it lies within.
We don’t know much about the benevolent Howard, he was probably in the navy, has a tendency to believe in conspiracy theories and has a serious disliking of monopoly. However he holds all the power in his man made bunker and we’re not quite sure what he has planned for Michelle, but we know he’s creepy and the very innocent Emmet barged in at the last minute to ensure the cloverfield dictator isn’t the last man on earth.
Howard’s creepy actions make this a great suspense movie (for instance why rescue someone and then chain them up, when exactly did Emmet barge in?). The film also keeps us guessing about what might be really happening above ground, and despite some gory scenes outside the hatch Michelle isn’t convinced that pigs will fly as she develops some conspiracy theories of her own, meets the neighbours and does a great Solid Snake impression through the vents.
There has been some criticism over how this movie doesn’t connect with its predecessor but I think that the intention is to explore some twilight zone apocalyptic scenarios, and if so we could be heading towards a series of really well thought out sci-fi thrillers, where each film is independent enough to ensure it’s not governed by the rules or events of the previous one.
If you’re thinking about 10 Cloverfield Lane its best to see it early before the hype dies down, or before you read a review that reveals too much, but this is a movie that won’t fail to entertain and will give you some appreciation of a time where we could walk to the shops for milk without being sprayed by Trump zombie gas, which turns you this strange fake tan colour and makes you eat the flesh of dead babies.