In the odd, second-rate suspense-thriller, “10 Cloverfield Lane”, the main character Michelle (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground bunker after blacking out in a severe car crash. She is quickly greeted by Howard (played by John Goodman), who is an apocalypse survivalist, and Emmett (played by John Gallagher Jr.) and is informed that the world outside is devoid of humans, following some sort of nuclear, chemical, or alien attack. Confused and disoriented, Michelle struggles to determine whether or not to be grateful or to fear for her life.
As the movie progresses, the audience is kept in the dark as much as Michelle and Emmett are, wondering whether to trust Howard or fear him. You’ll be held on the edge of your seat with suspense. . . and confusion.
While the general plot theme of this movie is intriguing — abductor or saviour from an apocalypse — it is not well executed. The first two-thirds of the movie roughly follow the assumed plot, however it is drawn out and you’ll wonder when the movie will reach a conclusion. The back and forth between trust and distrust is tiring and overplayed.
During the last third, it quickly becomes evident that the writer had no idea how to end the story. The ending quickly morphs into sci-fi, changing the entire trajectory of the post-apocalyptic style. The last minutes are completely unfulfilling and disjointed from the rest of the movie, the two pieces being held together only by a thread of irony.
If you have two hours to kill, with nothing better to do than watch a mediocre-at-best, post-apocalyptic-turned-sci-fi movie, “10 Cloverfield Lane” is the perfect movie for you.