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TOPIC: 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane 21 Mar 2016 16:58 #9265

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Over the last week, the film "10 Cloverfield Lane" was released in theaters nationwide and met with critical and box office success. I was a huge fan of the original "Cloverfield" movie and this sort-of-sequel intrigued me so I went and saw it. Overall, it is a good film led by the wonderful John Goodman, who is downright terrifying by the end of the movie. For me, Goodman was the only thing keeping the film together as I never fully felt the story was 100% there. Once the movie started I just had a sense the story was kind of aimless and a bit random as well. I prefer the original movie "Cloverfield," to this, but "10 Cloverfield Lane," is still a good film.
The following two paragraphs will contain spoilers of the film. I believe the best parts of this movie had to do with the air of mystery it had. I believe the relationship to the "Cloverfield" movie could have easily been avoided. The last 15 minutes of the movie reveal that our planet was in fact invaded by an Alien species. The majority of the film directed you to be unsure of whether John Goodman's character made up the entire thing about an alien invasion. There was a lot of evidence that the invasion did occur, especially the fact the movie was marketed as a sequel to a film about an alien invasion. However, the acting was so good that part of me wanted to believe that the marketing campaign was a bit of a hoax.
By the end, I found myself wishing that the last 15 minutes of the film didn't happen. It was entirely believable that Goodman's character was maniacal enough to make sure enough things happened that kept Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character believing that the world was invaded. I would have found the film more powerful if she did escape to a completely normal world where nothing happened and she started to see she was misled the entire time. There was definitely a missed opportunity that could have commented on the power of misdirection and manipulation. They could have even kept the marketing campaign and included perhaps a few easter eggs that hinted of a coincidental attack. Did anyone feel this way about the film as well?
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10 Cloverfield Lane 25 Mar 2016 13:51 #9283

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Naming the movie after the original "Cloverfield" was actually meant to help the movie do better as this movie has really nothing to do with the original. For the movie though the reviews have been great as many were pleased with everything that happened in the movie. For me I haven't seen the movie myself but I did look in to the movie as I was interested in how it would relate to the original "Cloverfield" movie.
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10 Cloverfield Lane 28 Mar 2016 13:49 #9352

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The Cloverfield films are meant to be anthology films based during the alien invasion that hit New York City in the first film. These films will continue to get distribution because they will focus on the different cities and states this alien invasion is taking over. I thought the film was great, it did exactly what the fans were hoping JJ Abrams would aim towards. If you're a fan of the first, you will definitely leave satisfied with the result of 10 Cloverfield Lane.
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