Thursday, 31 March 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane (3½ Stars)
Michelle leaves her boyfriend after an argument. She has a car crash and wakes up in an underground bunker, inhabited by two men, Howard and Emmett. Howard tells her that there's been some sort of attack, and they have to stay underground because of radiation in the air. At first Michelle thinks that he's some sort of conspiracy freak making up stories about what is happening outside, but after looking through the window and seeing a woman suffering she realises that something really is happening.
Nevertheless, Michelle feels very uncomfortable with Howard. He might have saved her life, but he's very creepy. With Emmett's help she makes plans to escape.
This is a film in two parts. The first part deals with Michelle's life in the bunker. The second part deals with her struggle to survive after her escape. The first part is very compelling, adequately showing the claustrophobia of three people living in a small environment. The second part seems rushed and less convincing.
I've always liked John Goodman as an actor, but Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the one who attracted my attention. I already knew her from "Scott Pilgrim vs The World" and "Death Proof", but she's now maturing as an actress. I predict a long and successful career for her.