10 Cloverfield Lane – 4K Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo Edition

Driving in her car late at night, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Live Free or Die Hard, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) keeps getting phone calls from her boyfriend Ben (voiced by Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle). They are obviously having a fight and Michelle is upset. Maybe distracted a little she soon finds herself in a bad car crash. Upon waking she is in a room with no windows with a head wound and a makeshift brace on one knee and chained to the wall. Needless to say, she is totally disoriented.

While trying to escape, a man comes downstairs and tells her she was in a car accident and he saved her. Wanting to know why she isn’t in a hospital and chained to the wall, he explains that they are in an underground bunker he has built and cannot go above ground as there has been an apocalyptic attack making it not safe. Along with air not being breathable. The outside world is not livable and as such everyone is dead. Initially, Michelle does not believe him and tries to escape.

While attempting this Michelle discovers that there is another man being held in the bunker with her and that Howard (John Goodman – from television’s Roseanne) is telling the truth about the outside world. She resigns herself to living underground with Howard and Emmett (John Gallagher Jr. – from television’s The Newsroom) and the three settle into an almost family-like routine.

After discovering something Michelle comes to the conclusion that Howard might not be telling her the truth. She, along with Emmett, plots an escape.

When you see that J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Trek Beyond) is a producer on this film you kinda have a window into what type of film it is going to be. Meaning the subject matter. He is a man who is obsessed with sci fi and aliens/creatures. That is always in the back of your mind when you are watching a film he is involved in whether as a producer or director. Plus he was a producer on the film Cloverfield which dealt with a giant Godzilla-like monster, so you are prepared for what is headed your way. Though the writers, there are several including Oscar Award-winner Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land), are able to keep you guessing about what is to come and as a result the tension also remains high.

Cloverfield, released in 2008, was a really well done, fun film. So you hope that this sequel (?) or prequel (?) is up to its standards. You hope it involves the same tension and action. Thankfully this is the case.

You spend almost the whole film wondering what the “truth” is about what is going on. Is it that Howard is crazy and lying? Has he killed his daughter? Does he even have a daughter. Has there been an attack on the United States? Is it an alien invasion? What is happening above ground?

Debut director Dan Trachtenberg (directed an episode of Black Mirror) is totally committed to the idea of the film. You can feel that in every scene. That along with face acting done by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who does not have tons of dialogue, creates a lot of the tension required to make the film a success.

Special Features:

-Digital Copy

  • Commentary by Director Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams
  • Cloverfield Too
  • Bunker Mentality
  • Duck and Cover
  • Spin-Off
  • Kelvin Optical
  • Fine Tuned
  • End of Story

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