J.J. Abrams continues his mystery box storytelling
What mystery is this???
J.J. Abrams was perhaps best known for his secretive storytelling ways both in movies and on television up until he helped make Star Wars: The Force Awakens one of the biggest hits of all time. The way that he and his company Bad Robot launched the trailer for Cloverfield is notable and that first teaser dropped in front of Transformers with absolutely no advance warning. If you recall which suggest a potential blockbuster had been made right under our noses and we were sold once the head of the Statue of Liberty launched at us. Once the head of the Statue of Liberty launched at us, we were sold. Abrams did that again with Super 8 and is currently doing it again with this week’s release of 10 Cloverfield Lane. Reviews says that it is one of the best films of 2016 so far and it manages to do a lot with a little.
The film is basically a three hander about a trio of folks in a bomb shelter where wakes up there after crashing her car unsure how she got there.
She was informed by Howard that he’s the one who owns the shelter and found her on the side of the road saving her life. John Gallagher Jr was also there as Emmeth who knows Howard and wanted in when something happened. She also tries to figure out just how dangerous Howard might be, if at all as Michelle tries to figure out if anything really did go down outside and if the world has truly ended. It is Abrams who produces here while Dan Trachtenberg makes his directorial debut.
The script was initially written by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken with a rewrite by Damien Chazelle connecting it in some manner to the Cloverfield universe. There’s a cameo by Bradley Cooper in a voice only role and this is just Gallagher Jr. Goodman and Winstead alone in a confined space, but it is ever riveting stuff.
How strong Goodman and Winstead are is what makes this work and there is a few twists and turns before the third act introduces something new and we just are watching them face off, deciding who is telling the truth. You almost could care less about the outside world as they breathe such life into these characters and this would have worked on its own as just a dramatic thriller that you will care as things get brought up
It would be directed at John Goodman if any awards attention were to come for 10 Cloverfield Lane since even if this is pretty much just mainstream entertainment. This would be a great way to finally recognize the actor for his years of outstanding and underrated work and potentially as a dark horse Best Supporting Actor candidate during the precursor season it’s just further evidence that Abrams can weave together a film in this capacity without anyone actually knowing More than anything else and we love that he does this periodically and hope that he keeps at it.