Thursday, 10 March 2016

Film Review: "10 Cloverfield Lane" (2016).





"Monsters comes in many forms". This is certainly true with 10 Cloverfield Lane. This science fiction thriller film and "blood relative" to the 2008 film Cloverfield. The film is the directorial debut of Dan Trachtenberg; written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stucken and Damien Chazelle. After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter by two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

After the success of the first film, a sequel was often discussed by writer, Drew Goddard, and director, Matt Reeves. But they were uncertain to say when they would find the time to get together along with Abrams to develop it, as they were busy with other projects. Abrams has said that the creative team behind the original had some ideas on developing Cloverfield 2, but with the releases of Pacific Rim (2013) and Godzilla (2014) caused them to abandon them as they found the concept of Kaiju movies played out. Originating from an "ultra low budget" spec script titled The Cellar penned by John Campbell and Matt Stuecken. In 2012, Paramount Pictures bought the script and commenced further development under Bad Robot Productions, thus then reworked into a Cloverfield sequel. Damien Chazelle was brought in to rewrite Campbell and Stuecken's draft and direct the movie. Chazelle dropped out from directing when Whiplash (2015) received funding. In April 2014, it was reported production for the film was greenlit to begin in the Fall of 2014 with newcomer, Dan Trachtenberg, at the helm. With a reported budget of about $5 million was expected, in keeping with the mandate of Paramount's Insurge division of producing micro-budgeted films. In July 2014, Variety reported that John Goodman was in negotiations to star in the film. In August 2014, Mary Elizabeth Winstead was reported to have had entered negotiations to star, and in September 2014, John Gallagher, Jr. reportedly joined the cast. Principal photography on the film began in October 2014 in New Orleans and Hahnville, Louisiana. The film was shot in chronological order, primarily in one set. During production, the film was assigned the codename Valencia to keep exact details of the production a secret. Filming ended in December 2014. The film was officially announced less than two months before its release. The film had been completed without anyone knowing and the first trailer was shown during 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016).

The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr. The cast gave solid performances that elevated the film. Goodman shines as he gives an intense and unsettling performance. Goodman turns into the nastiest saviour to reach the screen since since Kathy Bates in Misery (1990). Winstead gives a solid performance even though it can be seen as being derivative of the character of Marion Crane from Psycho (1960).

A sort of Misery crossed with The War of the Worlds, 10 Cloverfield Lane is economically paced, stylistically clever, solidly crafted and filled with palpable intense scares. A pure-blood, grade A, exhilarating sci-fi thriller.

Simon says 10 Cloverfield Lane receives:


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