"10 Cloverfield Lane" is a cross between "Room" and "The Twilight Zone," with a dash of Steven King.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is convincing as Michelle, who wakes up after a car wreck chained to a bed in an underground Louisiana bunker.
It's all terribly creepy, and she wants out of there right now, but Howard the Bunker-man, played by John Goodman, says, "NO," because the air outside has been poisoned by something not of this Earth.
There is another human inside the bunker, Emmett, played by John Gallagher Jr.; but based on Howard’s survivalist research, the three are likely to spend the next few years together until the air clears.
Is he telling the truth? Just when you think you have it figured out, you don't, and it's only a matter of time before Michelle breaks for the surface.
What she sees on the surface, I won't tell you, but I can say, "10 Cloverfield Lane," is directed with just the right amount of fright and wonder by first-time film-maker, Dan Trachtenberg, and produced by one of the best, J.J. Abrams.
Their film has nothing to do with the 2008 original, but it does play wonderful tricks on your mind. Are there monsters outside or is the monster from within?
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“10 Cloverfield Lane,” is rated an intense PG-13 and offers Goodman his most unpredictable performance in years. My advice is to play along and enjoy the ride because by the end of this scary little movie, all your questions will be answered.