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J. J. Abrams, the movie marketing master, is back with his newest production, 10 Cloverfield Lane. I’m going to have to be pretty vague with this one, as there are many details that could count as spoilers and I really don’t want to ruin any surprises.

The movie starts off with our main character, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) walking out of her home and driving. Shortly thereafter, she is involved in a nasty car accident, which causes her to black out. When she wakes up, she finds herself chained to a bed in a small cinder block room. Frantically, she tries to get out, and is unsuccessful. At that point her apparent captor, Howard (John Goodman), unlocks the door and enters the room, explaining to her that he saved her life and that there has been some kind of attack on the outside world. He tells her the only reason she’s alive is because they’re in an underground bunker. The movie only gets darker and scarier from there with the revelation that there is a third resident of the bunker, Emmett (John Gallagher, Jr.), who subscribes to Howard’s apocalyptic theory.

Campbell and Stuecken’s script is trim, not allowing any frivolity, much like the environment the characters find themselves in. Tension builds as Michelle tries to figure out if Howard is as benevolent as he makes himself out to be, or if he’s a deeply disturbed individual holding her against her will for some sinister purpose. There are a few jump scares throughout the movie, but I genuinely felt a sense of psychological dread and terror for most of it, which trumps the average jump scare any day, in my opinion.

The real bright spot of this movie is the acting. Winstead and Goodman are phenomenal. Goodman’s presence itself is incredibly imposing, and he speaks with an air of unquestioning authority that makes you wonder if his character does have the best interests of the others in mind. Winstead provides the perfect foil to that in that her character never once falls into the damsel in distress role. She’s constantly searching for a way out and thinking about how she’s going to escape.

In all honesty, I didn’t know what to expect going into this one. And if I had to give one complaint about the movie, I would say it is the placement of the musical score into some scenes. I feel like in certain scenes silence, or just background noise would have been better than music. It was almost a little distracting. But seriously, that’s the only nitpicky thing I can say about it. I really enjoyed this movie. If I can give you one piece of advice it would be not to go into the theater with any preconceived notions. Go in fresh, allow yourself to enjoy it, and you won’t be disappointed.

The Verdict for 10 Cloverfield Lane:
5 out of 5

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