I really did not know what to expect. Even though it came out some time ago, I hadn’t read any of the spoilers, so everything was a surprise.
The basic plot is about a young woman who is in a car accident and is then taken to an underground bunker by a survivalist type, played by John Goodman. This survivalist claims that there had been some sort of nuclear or chemical attack and that everyone outside the bunker was dead.
The tension is created by the question of what really happened. Is the survivalist just a paranoid psychotic or a deceptive criminal? The young woman and another young man try to get to the bottom of it.
The audience is left with the same questions. There is some evidence that he is telling the truth and some that he is misleading them. Then there is the question of how this connects to the first Cloverfield movie. I won’t answer that in case you have not seen the movie.
I will say that I really enjoyed 10 Cloverfield Lane. Like the first movie, it is a fresh approach, not falling into tired old formulas. Although this movie has some of the feel of Stephen Kings, Misery, it really crosses over genres, making it difficult to pin down.
John Goodman does a masterful job as Howard Stambler. He is totally believable in his role, keeping everyone guessing as to his real motives.
For those wondering, there is a connection with the first Cloverfield movies, as well as the later Cloverfield: Paradox. But you will have to watch the movie to find out.