Above: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher JR in 10 Cloverfield Lane.There's horror films, and then there's 10 Cloverfield Lane. While not necessarily horror, 10 Cloverfield Lane is more disturbing then anything else. It's a smartly crafted movie, and all the actors, especially Goodman, are at the top of their game.
Let's get one thing straight before anything else. You won't get to see a giant Kavu destroying Manhatten in 10 Cloverfield Lane. The sequel is vastly different from the original film, and thank goodness, no more shaky camera madness! However, even though there's no giant monsters, 10 Cloverfield Lane is much better than the first, throwing the Cloverfield idea into a disturbingly new direction.
The best thing about 10 Cloverfield Lane are the actors. They each give exceptional performances, especially John Goodman. Fans of Goodman will be delighted to see him give one hell of a performance as the film bad guy. He makes the movie and is absolutely perfect as ex marine Howard Stambler. New comer actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher JR are also great in their roles.
While there's no action in 10 Cloverfield Lane save for the past ten minutes of the movie, it surprisingly goes along at a quickened pace from the first scenes to the last. It will keep you at the edge of your seat and wanting more, especially for the ending. There's even a surprise voice over from Bradley Cooper, who is Michelle's boyfriend on the phone when he calls her in the beginning of the movie.
You can tell 10 Cloverfield lane was influenced by a variety of great films, including Saw and numerous horror slasher movies to War of the Worlds and Monsters. It's a different type of horror that's more disturbing, helped by John Goodman's excellent performance and the other actors.
J.J. Abrams and company did the right thing by leaving out the shaky camera motive that made the first film. The result is a beautiful well done directed film that suggests great things for new comer director Dan Trachtenberg.
Even though its nothing like Cloverfield, this sequel will please fans of the original to no end as it's much better, and will hopefully start a new monster franchise that's worth sinking your teeth into.