First Watch: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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After a car accident Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes to find herself in a bunker owned by Howard (John Goodman), who tells her she cannot leave because of the fallout from a chemical attack. To give any more plot details would spoil it.

This is one of the best thrillers of recent years, driven by fantastic performances from Winstead and a truly creepy Goodman. It puts a neat spin on the hostage-in-a-basement story as Michelle forms a bond with a fellow captive, and after a shocking moment in a scene reminiscent of Breaking Bad, becomes almost a different movie in the last half hour.

Also worth mentioning is the music score by Bear McCreary which really goes a long way towards creating a suspenseful, claustrophobic feeling.

Just a small point: It probably would have ruined the moment but I really wanted Winstead to give a nod to her past role in the Die Hard series at one point. A comment about a TV dinner would have done it….

A cracking film, much better than its distant cousin Cloverfield, and as a bonus, it won’t give you motion sickness. Result.

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