Sluggish Reaction: 10 Cloverfield Lane

I was thrilled that Netflix FINALLY added this film, especially as the third film is Netflix exclusive. Anyway here’s some thoughts and stuff…

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In case you hadn’t seen it yet either here’s the basics. After a car accident A young woman named Michelle wakes in a bunker owned by a man says the world outside isn’t safe after a bomb detonated, but things aren’t exactly safe inside the bunker either…

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I don’t do horror – if this film didn’t have Cloverfield in the title I wouldn’t have considered watching it but I’m really glad I did. It was so well crafted – first keeping you guessing whether the event is real, then shoving proof in your face while still leaving you unsure because you know you just can’t trust Howard, masterfully played by John Goodman.

The main character Michelle impressed me the most with her character arc. From the opening scene we know she can design clothes so it makes sense that she could realistically make her own survival suit. Her progression was really well done too – she starts the film running away from her problems, she makes a choice, running towards her problems instead.

ALIENS!!!

I just loved how bonkers the ending section was. After discovering Howard is a murderer and likely worse she escapes from the bunker only to be ambushed by a flying spaceship…with teeth!!! I just loved how the reality was so much crazier than even the crazy person had imagined!!

How does it all fit?

The film keeps you guessing about this two and apart from some links in the ARG marketing (such as Howard working for the satellite company featured in the first film’s ARG) it’s hard to tell if there even is a connection.

At first I thought this crazy lady had been bitten by one of the ticks from the monster but later the cause is shown as gas from the alien ship

My best guess is the “Flash” mentioned by Howard and Emmett is the MOAB bomb dropped on the monster in the first film. But that was pretty far away so I don’t know if it holds up.

I’d like a connection to be revealed someday (maybe I should watch The Cloverfield Paradox) but for now I’m enjoying the mystery and would highly recommend this film

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