10 Cloverfield Lane (12A)

After surviving a major car crash a young woman wakes up to discover that she’s being held captive in an underground bunker with no means of escape.

Inside the well-stocked basement are two men who claim that the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. Survivalist Howard (John Goodman) tells Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) that a nuclear catastrophe has made the air outside of their sanctuary toxic, making an escape pointless. But is he telling the truth?

As time goes on Michelle begins to question if she is being protected from the dystopian world outside. Was she just kidnapped? Howard’s erratic and violent nature forces Michelle to take action. With the help of her fellow survivor Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) Michelle begins to uncover the truth.

Star Trek and StarWars: The Force Awakens director and general scare-inducer JJ Abrams returns as producer for what he describes as a ‘blood relative’ of the 2008 hit Cloverfield. It’s a gripping Hitchcockian thriller that starts life off as a kidnap thriller and then turns into something even more menacing towards the end. It makes you question whether Howard is an aggressor or a savior, or even both.

10 Cloverfield Lane is a gripping and claustrophobic doomsday movie. It comes loaded with everything a psychological thriller needs to truly shatter your nerves, and then kicks it up a notch for good measure. Goodman is absolutely terrifying and takes the tension in the movie to unbearable levels.

However JJ Abrams sci-fi thriller has one main flaw. And rather surprisingly most critics are ignoring it. The first three quarters of the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. I mean it’s truly creepy. But then as the movie draws to a close it becomes utterly ridiculous, even laughable.

To put it into context I haven’t seen such bad CGI since Jupiter Ascending, and that was dire. I’m not going to be a buzzkill and give away the ending. But I would say this. It ruins the whole thing. It’s as though JJ Abrams suddenly ran out of money and decided to use his spare change to finish it off.

Want my advice? Go see 10 Cloverfield Lane; just don’t expect an epic ending.

By Ruth Walker

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