10 Cloverfield Lane

This film is one of the most dull, uninspired and uninteresting things I’ve seen in a long time.

From the first moment that Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) arrives in the bomb shelter of Howard (John Goodman) the viewer is assaulted by bland cinematography and insipid dialogue.

The conversation between Michelle and Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) about their childhoods is completely and absolutely pointless and is very obviously nothing but filler.

Not only is the yawn-inducing plot meandering and aimless, it has holes bigger than a bomb shelter. Howard, a paranoid ex-military survivalist allows Michelle access to the evidence that he murdered a young girl. The same man, prepared for the end of the world, placed the all-important air filtration system in a location that he would never have any chance of reaching should something go wrong.

The biggest flaw of 10 Cloverfield Lane is that it literally has no idea what it wants to be. Is it a post-apocalyptic survival film? Is it a psychological thriller? Is it an alien invasion movie?

Like the plot, character motivations and personalities are all over the place. And yet, the film fails to make the viewer care at all about the three protagonists that they’re trapped with for almost two hours.

10 Cloverfield Lane devolves from mediocre to asinine in the last half hour or so. Literally the only redeemable thing about this film are the performances, and even then there are moments when the horrible script overpowers the acting abilities of those involved.

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