Wednesday, October 10, 2018

31 Days of Halloween - Day 10 - Movie

Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) flees from her relationship and ends up in a car accident. When she comes to, she finds herself shackled to a wall in an underground bunker, where her rescuer, Howard (John Goodman) claims he's saved her from some sort of apocalypse that's happened up on the surface. She'll now indefininately be his guest, along with Emmett (John Gallagher, Jr.) a young man he took in just as the unknown disaster was breaking out. There's something off about Howard. There's a strong physical and psychological threat that emanates from him, and as the story unfolds, Howard's story starts to show some holes. Now Michelle has to convince Emmett help her find a means of escaping in order to find out what's really going on.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) has no direct connection to Cloverfield (2008), "except its DNA", says producer J. J. Abrams, who saw the "Cloverfield" title as something of an anthology of unconnected, but like-minded films. This is a tight, suspenseful film, with outstanding performances. Goodman provides a hulking socially awkward menace, and Gallagher a not so bright homebody full of regrets. Instead shines in a performance that is able to externally project internal activity. We can see her thought processes carried out through her expressions and body language. She's constantly thinking, inventing, improvising, and fighting to find a way out of her situation, and we root for her every step of the way. This was my third viewing of this film, and I still find it pulls you in the whole time. 

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