Escape From The Creepy Basement.)
Release Date: March 11th.
Written by: Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken.
Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg.
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr.
Yes, this movie is related to Cloverfield, and no, there's no real clear-cut connection between the two films. But there is. At least under the surface, anyway.
Listen, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a great movie that works on a few different levels, which for me, is saying a lot. You see, I was never a big fan of Cloverfield; it was good, but it just didn't blow me way like it did just about everyone else who saw it. This sequel though had me from the start and didn't let go until then end, when I found myself wanting more.
I enjoyed it so much, that I actually want to go back and give Cloverfield another shot.
Cutie pie Michelle is running away from an unsavory relationship (literally, in her car), when she's broadsided by another car, leaving her in a wreck. She wakes up in some creepy room, handcuffed to her bed and hooked up to an IV, where an odd survivalist named Howard tells her that he's brought her to his bunker because the world above has undergone some sort of biological/chemical attack which has rendered the air unbreakable. If they leave the safety of the bunker, they die.
|"DON'T BE SCARED OR I'LL KILL YOU."|
Edge-of-your-seat intensity ensues.
|IN. OUT. SHE'S SCREWED EITHER WAY.|
Both storylines, their progression, and the reveals that they offer, are equally fantastic.
|YEAH. THAT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT.|
The real star of the show though is John Goodman. We've been big fans of his since we first saw him on Roseanne nearly 30 years ago, and he's one of those guys that always knocks it out of the park, whether he's doing comedy or drama. Here, he's genuinely creepy and unsettling as Howard, and he just chews the scenery every time he's on camera.
|WE SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS GUY.|
|IT'S ALL REALLY ONE BIG PUZZLE. A CREEPY, DREAD-FILLED PUZZLE.|
For posterity's sake, here's my personal take on the movie:
The gist of it is: Michelle is running away from an abusive relationship, and ends up in another one that she really can't escape.
Howard built the bunker for his family, and they left him either because he was crazy, he abused one or both of them, or all of the above. When they did that, he lost it, abducted the other girl, Brittany, and held her in the bunker, because he needed a "replacement" daughter. Not sure how creepy that situation got (although I imagine it was probably really creepy), but it ended with Howard killing the girl. Knowing that the attack was coming, and having ruined his pedo-like relationships with his daughter and the abducted girl, he needed a replacement for her. That turned out to be Michelle. I'm pretty sure that the car that pulls in behind her at the gas station was Howard; he saw her, followed her, and crashed into her, so that he could take her back to his bunker.
In this way, Howard is the true Cloverfield Monster in this movie... even though there are aliens out there killing humanity with their gas and sharp teeth. Because that aspect of the movie wasn't a swerve at all, it was all happening.
Of course I could be off on a few points, but I'm pretty sure that's about right.
|A SELFIE? NOW?!?|
|SOMEONE'S GOING IN THAT BARREL.|
|PLENTY OF SEXY TANK TOP-WEARING THOUGH.|
|JOHN GOODMAN RULES ALL.|
It's definitely one of our favorite movies of the year so far.
10 Cloverfield Lane is in theaters now.
MEW is always a welcomed sight in any movie.