In 2008, lens flare enthusiast J.J. Abrams gifted the world with Cloverfield; a found footage film about aliens and the destruction of America…or so I’ve been told. As a writer, perhaps it was a poor choice to review its sequel as I’ve never actually seen Cloverfield. However, after watching 10 Cloverfield Lane, I now understand that this was for the best.
It should be noted that 10 Cloverfield Lane is only related to Cloverfield via its production company, and obviously with both titles sharing Cloverfield within it. As a standalone film, 10 Cloverfield Lane is an outstanding psychological thriller set in an underground bunker. This tense and claustrophobic tale is brought to the screen with great vision and execution by director Dan Trachtenberg.
With phenomenal performances by both Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane drops the found footage approach, but remains to keep some key themes and elements from its predecessor.
Following rumours about another film being brought to the Cloverfield franchise, argument is raised by the approach it should take; prequel or sequel? One thing is for sure, however; I would not be opposed to another film that is as technically enthralling and gripping as 10 Cloverfield Lane.
- Written by Ryan Keen