10 Cloverfield Lane

Movie:  10 Cloverfield Lane

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is very upset at her boyfriend Ben.  We don’t know what he said or did, but the cad must have done something despicable because Michelle is packing up her stuff and hitting the road.  And she is not answering Ben’s phone calls no matter how much he begs her to.  But while Michelle is on the run, strange things are going on in the skies, and tremors on the ground.  Then something traumatic happens, and Michelle finds herself in a small concrete room, and no idea how she got there.

Enter Howard (John Goodman), a middle-aged bear of a man, Navy veteran, who has rescued Michelle and brought her into his underground shelter.  There is another young man, Emmett (John Gallagher Jr), who is also sharing the safety of the bunker.  This is no 20 by 20 hole in the ground, but a multi-room shelter stocked with several years of supplies along with an entertainment center that provides music and plays DVDs.  There is even a shower – what more could one ask for!  But why are they hunkered down in this shelter?  Some calamity has befallen the country, and Howard isn’t sure if it was an atomic attack, or some biological/chemical attack.  All he knows is they are going to have to stay buttoned up for years to come.

This is a very smart film with three very good actors who are on screen all the time.  With a confining set, the movie manages to crank up the suspense level a few notches at a time, and keeps the viewer guessing about what is really going on.  Definitely worth seeing for the thrill factor.  Goodman is superb in this role, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead has become one of the premiere actresses in Hollywood; she is mesmerizing on the screen.  This may be one of the best films of 2016 before the summer blockbusters show up.

Dialogue Nuggets:  Howard to Michelle – “I’m sorry, but no one is looking for you.”

Howard – “They’re not okay.  Everyone outside of here is dead.”

Howard – “Crazy is building your ark after the flood has already come.”

Emmett – “How often do you get hired to build a doomsday bunker?”

Test Your Powers of Hearing:  Michelle’s boyfriend Ben is heard but never seen.  However, he is played by a very famous actor.  See if you can recognize him.

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