Went to see 10 Cloverfield Lane last night, and it has been quite some time since I've left a cinema with such mixed emotions.
I went into it, not really knowing what I was in for. I knew it had something to do with a woman being abducted by a doomsday prepper and that was about it.
The deciding factor in wanting to see it had more to do with John Gallagher Jr being one of the leads than anything else. Not that I didn't think the vague premise sounded interesting but I was glad at the chance to see Gallagher Jr on the big screen since as far as I'm aware I had only see him in television roles previously.
Anyway. Getting sidetracked....
The film begins with our leading lady, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) packing a bag, and leaving home after a fight with her boyfriend.
Tension runs high pretty much from the get go with this film as Michelle gets into a pretty violent car accident within the opening credits.
Michelle wakes up in an underground bunker, her leg chained to the wall and it isn't long before we are introduced to Howard (John Goodman), her captor and Emmett (John Gallagher Jr) her fellow captive of sorts.
Things move pretty quickly as it becomes clear that there has been some kind of invasion up above but whether it was nuclear or chemical and who or what were responsible remains a mystery for the majority of the film.
In fact it is constantly questioned if anything at all has happened or if it's simply Howard's deranged imaginings.
Even when the three are getting along seemingly well, there's a palpable sense of unease pervading throughout.
It's been a long time since I've seen a movie that made me as tense as this did.
I found the vast majority of the movie highly enjoyable. The atmosphere and the character relationships were near perfect, I only wish I had have known this was a continuation of the Cloverfield franchise.
It may seem obvious, what with Cloverfield being in the title but since I hadn't seen the previous film, it didn't really occur to me, but If I had have known the end may not have come as quite a disappointment to me.
What can I say? I was expecting a real world scenario, which is not what I got.
Still an enjoyable movie with a great script, wonderful twists and turns and believable characters but if I could remove it from the Cloverfield franchise and alter the ending slightly, I would.