By Jennifer Johnson
What’s better than aliens? Maybe a woman being kidnapped and held against her will in an underground bunker during what her kidnapper thinks is the apocalypse? Or is it all a hoax? 10 Cloverfield Lane is more than just a film or farm in Louisiana — it’s a breeding ground for questions directed at a curious yet suspicious, and, most importantly, widespread audience with this new, never-before-seen genre of aliens meets girl-power meets drama meets thriller.
Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is leaving her husband in pursuit of a better life when her car is run off the road and she wakes up chained to a wall in a windowless room. She encounters her captor Howard (John Goodman) when he delivers her food and a shady explanation — the world they once knew is now a wasteland and everything and everyone is gone, which she obviously doesn’t believe since, come on…she’s chained to a wall.
The movie accelerates and the audience is thrown through loop after loop. Is the world really ending? It appears so, as Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), another bunker inhabitant, recounts what he saw before entering, and Michelle encounters a startling realization during an escape attempt. But another encounter may have the audience once again scratching their heads in suspicion, unsure what direction things will take next.
While jerking the audience through a series of thrilling events and even some gruesome ones (all to just trail off inconspicuously), director Dan Trachtenberg gives the audience their money’s worth, combining a cheesy fan favorite of aliens-are-taking-over-the-world with a dramatic potential serial killer, capture thriller scenario that is just so hard not to be enthralled by for some twisted reason.
The innovative plot will keep you entertained and the ending may leave some shaking their heads, but hey, don’t we all think we could’ve written a better ending?