10 Cloverfield Lane, a pseudo sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2008 found footage horror Cloverfield, is getting rave reviews in the states. The film debuts in the UK March 18.
Former host of Revision3’s The Totally Rad Show and TV commercial director Dan Trachtenberg is showing no fledgling nerves as first-time director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, a part sequel, part spiritual family member of the J. J. Abrams Cloverfield world. The film was released in the States last week and has received rave reviews. The film premieres in UK cinemas on March 18.
Ted Saydalavong at Flixchatter calls the film a “blood relative” of Abrams’ Cloverfield and that this Twilight Zone-like feature length episode (a point also noted by Nathan Hale at French Toast Sunday) is “10 times better than the original movie”. Despite this being Trachtenberg’s first feature he does an “impressive job” says Saydalavong.
Chris Sawin at Examiner.com highlighted John Goodman’s performance for particular praise, adding that 10 Cloverfield Lane is a likely contender for thriller of the year. “The story is full of thrills and unexpected turns with an ending that will only leave you drooling for more,” he said. Dan at Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews said the film was “fun” and “exciting” and also highlighted the performances for praise.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead gets plenty of credit with Rob Hunter at Film School Rejects noting the resourcefulness of her staring role and adding that the audience is “effortlessly rapt with the emotional being behind this smart, crafty, and pro-active heroine.” His summation calls the film “immensely entertaining” and “highly suspenseful”.
Ultimately, however, as David Edelstein writes in Vulture.com, the film hooks you in and keeps your attention glued to the screen until the very end. It will make you “sit and squirm” and want “very badly to know [what is behind the mystery]”.
It looks like this weekend’s trip to the cinema is sorted. 10 Cloverfield Lane lands in UK cinemas March 18.