10 Cloverfield Lane is one of my top 3 films of 2016 so far. Not just from the horror genre, but across all genres. I'm going to keep this review short, because THE LESS YOU KNOW, THE BETTER. I'm even posting the trailer at the bottom this time to give you a chance to see even less.
For those movie-savvy, you may recognize this is related to Cloverfield. I can't say whether it's a sequel, prequel, or any of those things. I believe the best way to relate it to Cloverfield, other than JJ Abrams being at the helm, is to say it's another film shrouded in mystery.
John Goodman delivers a terrific performance, revealing a Goodman I've never seen before. The whole premise is best left unknown, and the writing enables Goodman to present himself in two different lights. At times he plays this loving, caring man, generously giving himself over to protect those under his care. On the other hand, he is a stern man, with unwavering standards and beliefs, so you better not cross him. One of the layered mysteries is understanding whether he is justified in his beliefs.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead brilliantly plays a woman who comes under Goodman's care. At the beginning she is in a serious car accident, and Goodman comes to her rescue. The entire film builds from this relationship and how it fits into the current events.
So, seriously do yourself a huge favor and watch this film. Just strap yourself in, and prepare for the ride ahead as you slowly ascend the first peak. If you are like me, you'll be catching your breath when the credits roll, and ready to get back on the ride.
My overall score? 7 bits out of 8.