Jun 182016
 

10 Cloverfield Lane is a strong sci-fi thriller that, even though it’s been many years since I last saw it, equals the original and had the added bonus of not being in the found footage style and features better characters. I’m not sure how well this will hold up in the long run however but at the moment I found it to be thoroughly entertaining.

 

 

10 Cloverfield Lane
(2016)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Science Fiction
Paramount | PG13 – 103 min. – $39.99 | June 14, 2016

Date Published: 06/18/2016 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Dan Trachtenberg
Writer(s): Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken (story), Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken and Damien Chazelle (screenplay)
Cast: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.
DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Featurettes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Disc Size: 36.6 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Note: THIS REVIEW, INCLUDING SCREEN CAPS (ESP LAST ONE), CONTAIN SPOILERS. READERS BEWARE.


THE MOVIE – 4.0/5

10 Cloverfield Lane is what has been described as a “spiritual” successor to the popular 2008 found footage monster disaster, Cloverfield and developed from a script originally entitled The Cellar. In some ways, it’s better than the first movie if only it’s more in a traditional style combined with more compelling, not to mention likeable, characters. It does equal in the intensity including a great finale.

Plot Synopsis: The story focuses on a young woman named Michelle (MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD) who has just broken up with her boyfriend (voiced on the phone by BRADLEY COOPER). On her way out of town, she’s involved in a traffic accident. When she awakens, she finds herself in a baron room, knee in a brace that is chained to the wall. She soon meets her captor: Howard (JOHN GOODMAN), a doomsday prepper type who reveals some kind of bomb went off polluting the air. He has set up a comfortable lifestyle in the basement with all the necessities from a shower, full kitchen set-up and a television with a variety of VHS and DVD entertainment to choose from. Also inside is Emmett (JOHN GALLAGHER JR.), a worker who helped Howard build the shelter.

After some initial tension, and skepticism, Michelle begins to fall in line and the three become an odd family unit. But when Michelle finds evidence that Howard is dangerous, with the help of Emmett, the two strategize their escape, but of course not everything goes according to plan.

Quick Hit Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane is a fairly simple enough movie and given it was helmed by first-time director Dan Trachtenberg, I was rather impressed. It kept the suspension throughout the 95-minute running time (sans credits) and the performances by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is more than serviceable as the lead heroine, and John Goodman who gives such a creepy vibe but when necessary turns on the charm, are so well done and unlike the ensemble in Cloverfield, I found these characters to be well developed for such limited screen time.

As with its predecessor, 10 Cloverfield Lane has some remarkable visual effects that often looks better than some of the bigger budgeted affairs. It’s a testament to the vfx crew and Trachtenberg, along with screenwriters Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken and Damien Chazelle, the entirety of the production put together a thrilling sci-fi adventure flick.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5

This release comes with a glossy slip cover with an unusual feature: the top portion of the front is cut out. Inside are the DVD Copy and the redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

Audio Commentary – Director Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams offer an informative yet still entertaining track exploring into the process of making the film.

There are 7 Featurettes (34:42; HD) that delve into the making of 10 Cloverfield Lane from its origins, connection with the original movie, set design and includes interviews with the cast and crew. These are pretty basic stuff but I suppose for a smaller production, there is some decent info presented.

 


VIDEO – 4.75/5

Paramount drives down 10 Cloverfield Lane and drops it on Blu-ray shown with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. The movie has a visual style to it with warm colors in some sections and cooler in others, like Michelle’s cinderblock room. Detail looks sharp and there were no major instances of artifacts, aliasing, banding or other flaws.

 

AUDIO – 5.0/5

The disc comes with a robust Dolby Atmos track (decodes to TrueHD 7.1 for older systems) which not only provides strong and clear dialogue levels but when the action kicks into gear, the depth shows off very well such as when the trio are in the bunker and begin hearing loud thumps coming from above or the finale sequence as we get the big reveal. It is a rather imposing lossless track that can show off ones home surround system.

 



OVERALL – 4.0/5

Overall, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a strong sci-fi thriller that, even though it’s been many years since I last saw it, equals the original and had the added bonus of not being in the found footage style and features better characters. I’m not sure how well this will hold up in the long run however but at the moment I found it to be thoroughly entertaining. The Blu-ray offers excellent video/audio transfers and a decent selection of bonus material.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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