10 Cloverfield Lane

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Just time for a quick one: it's great! Great tension, great uncertainty about what's actually going on, what's going to happen, even what kind of film we're dealing with here. John Goodman: so great at giving us goofy clumsiness and terrifying unpredictability, comedy and horror, at the same time. The other 2 leads: also great. Bear McCreary's score excels at driving up the tension and urgency. The last 10 minutes: totally off-the-hook escalation. Great.

UPDATE: Just read a few other write-ups, which made it clear that it is part of a franchise. Now I did see Cloverfield when it came out, but long enough ago that I didn't make the connection. So I watched (and wrote about) 10 Cloverfield Lane as a stand-alone movie. Judging from what some other people have said, it's probably the best way—that uncertainty I spoke of earlier would have been totally dissipated if I'd known from the start that it was an alien invasion film.