"Thrilling Sci-Fi Sends a Light Message About Being a Good Samaritan"
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is a vaguely connected sequel to the 2008 science fiction movie CLOVERFIELD.
After an apparent fight, Michelle leaves her boyfriend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and hits the road. While driving on the highway at night, a truck suddenly hits Michelle’s vehicle, and she’s knocked unconscious, with everything going black.
Michelle wakes up in an underground, cement bunker with her injured leg locked to a pipe. A large man, Howard (John Goodman), enters and explains there’s been an attack up above, and he saved her life. Because the air is contaminated, they’ll have to hunker down in the doomsday bunker for a year or two. Howard has been preparing for a long time.
Also, in the bunker is Emmet, someone who Howard hired to help build the bunker. When Emmet saw they were under attack, he knew Howard’s underground home was the safest place to be, so he fought his way, breaking his arm in the process. Michelle is skeptical of Howard’s story and tries to escape at one point, smashing Howard’s head with a bottle and stealing his keys. Before she opens the air locked door leading to the outside, she sees a woman with burning and rotting skin trying to get inside. Michelle is forced to believe Howard’s story might be true.
However, as Michelle and Emmet begin to take a look around the bunker and get to know Howard better, they begin to realize he’s hiding a dark secret and may not be the man he’s leading them to believe. Maybe they’re better off risking their lives above ground than risking them underground with Howard.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is a thrilling sequel with many intense, well-executed, suspenseful moments. It’s not wholly original, with similarities to Spielberg’s WAR OF THE WORLDS and last year’s ROOM, but the superb acting by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman grabs the viewer’s attention and holds it till the very end. Goodman especially embodies the schizophrenic, brooding, conspiracy theorist, sociopath Howard and subtly reveals creepy nuances to his character in simple gestures. Thankfully, the movie has less shaky camera work than its found footage predecessor, which made some people sick, including veteran critics and moviegoers.
The movie has a light moral worldview reflecting Jesus Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan. Michelle lives with regret for always choosing not to help people in need. By the end, she learns to make the right choice of fighting for those who are being oppressed. Emmet also acts sacrificially for Michelle as they learn the truth about Howard.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE has some strong obscenities, brief violence and intense scenes of peril that warrant a strong caution for viewers.
(B, C, L, VV, S, AA, M) Light moral, redemptive worldview where character decides to intervene in bad situations and fight for those who need help, and two characters exhibit sacrifice, with two apocalyptic references to the Bible and elements of sacrifice; five obscenities (including one “f” word) and three profanities; moderate violence (nothing explicitly shown), a violent car crash hurts a woman legs, man’s head is smashed with a glass and cut open, a woman with burns and scars on her face dies from apparent poisoning, (SPOILERS FOLLOW) a man is shot in the face point blank off screen and then disposed of in acid (which viewers see briefly), a man is burned by acid and his rotting skin is seen very briefly, and intense scenes of peril with aliens chasing humans; no sexual content, but it’s lightly implied that a man is holding a woman in his bunker for sexual purposes, and it’s implied that he may have kidnapped a girl in the past for similar reasons; no nudity, but woman is seen in underwear and tank top and sometimes shows cleavage; light drinking, reference to drunkenness; no smoking or drug use; and, kidnapping and lying, but all done by a villain.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is a vaguely connected sequel to the 2008 science fiction movie CLOVERFIELD. After an apparent fight, Michelle leaves her boyfriend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and hits the road. While driving on the highway at night, a truck hits Michelle’s vehicle, and she’s knocked unconscious. She wakes up in an underground bunker where Howard, a large older man, informs her that earth is under attack so she’ll be forced to stay in the bunker for the foreseeable future. However, Howard isn’t who he says he is.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is a thrilling sequel with many intense, well-executed, suspenseful moments. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman performances as Michelle and Howard grab the viewer’s attention and hold it till the very end. The movie has a light moral worldview. Michelle lives with regret for always choosing not to help people in need. By the end, she learns to make the right choice of fighting for those who are being oppressed. 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE has some strong obscenities, brief violence and intense scenes of peril that warrant a strong caution for viewers.