10 Cloverfield Lane Tuesday, 07 April 2020

10 Cloverfield Lane

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sustained threat, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Be prepared.

  • Starring:

    John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin, Suzanne Cryer, Bradley Cooper

  • Directed by:

    Dan Trachtenberg

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, chained, dropped from a high distance, grabbed, injected, glassed, ear/hair-pulled, acid-burned, crushed beneath falling objects, near-stabbed, leg/foot-grabbed, pursued, gassed, near-abducted. Car accidents, vehicle rollover/down embankment; a car hits an object. Smashed glass. Burning objects, explosions, fireballs, Molotov cocktail. A man slams his fist on the table. Arguing, shouting. Nuclear attack, contaminated air, Al Qaeda, Waco, father yanking girl by the arm/hitting her, child abduction, missing person mentioned. Loud banging, roaring noises heard. Blood/gore: Corpses (rotting, melting, human, animal, bloody); body in vat of acid. Bloody scratches, abrasions, cuts, gashes, forehead, face, bandage, objects. Blood spatter (with chunks of gore), wound-stitching (needle seen moving through flesh), wound-dressing. Burned/melting flesh, bruising. IV drip in arm, leg brace, injection (needle and syringe seen), arm in sling. Shock, zombies mentioned. A VHS cover has the title Cannibal Airlines.


    Woman in underwear and singlet; cleavage. A magazine shows people in swimwear. Pervert mentioned.


    Drugs (Toradol; a sedative is injected). Alcohol (spirits). Getting wasted mentioned.


    F-word, s-word, b*tch. Slang for bodily functions. Religious references.


    Doomsday preppers, fate, luck, unlikely relationships, survival, fashion design, underground bunkers, regrets, board games, gratitude, paranoia, child abduction, alien invasion.


    Relationship breakup, dead friend. Dead loved ones, estranged wife, estranged daughter mentioned. Power blackouts mentioned. Helicopter sounds heard. Underground bunker, air vent settings. Toilet, lightning, thunder. Tank fish, flock of birds, pigs, flies. Metallic-looking creatures with razor-sharp teeth.


    Entertaining, dynamic, alive, smart, psychological, refreshing, effective, taut, satisfying, surprising, claustrobhobic, chest-tightening, unexpected, suspenseful, tense, lean. Unnerving/terrifying/rich performance by John Goodman, tight action/pacing, unsettling tone, cool/meticulous/inventive screenplay, intimate camerawork, harrowing final moments, cool opening credits, deft direction, crisp editing, brooding orchestral score.


    Depends on too many coincidences. Payoff is a littlle antic-climactic, hokey and staged.

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