It’s a lot of fun to write a negative review. It gives me great joy to give scathing remarks to movies well deserving of scorn. However, 10 Cloverfield Lane does not fit into this category. I fully expected this to be a horrible movie, based on the last Cloverfield movie and its nauseating shaky camera effects. 10 Cloverfield Lane received a rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, whereas its predecessor Cloverfield received a 77%.
This movie is more of a psychological horror movie. The main character, Michelle, gets in a car accident and is knocked unconscious. She wakes up in an underground bunker with two unfamiliar men, and is told that the air outside the bunker is toxic. However, events that she faces force her to question the reality of her situation more and more as time goes by.
One thing that makes this sequel more successful than the original movie is that it is less focused on supernatural monsters and more focused on the dangers of other humans. This is a more realistic, and therefore more frightening, approach. The trailer even includes the phrase “monsters come in many forms,” alluding to the other humans Michelle faces inside the bunker.
Overall, I would begrudgingly give this movie a 4 out of 5. I came into the theater expecting a 1 out of 5, but I was surprised with the quality of it. Definitely see it if you enjoy horror.