While most people didn’t care for it, I was a big fan of the Cloverfield movie that was released back in 2008. Every so often, I would check around to see if a sequel was ever going to come around, but to no avail. When I learned about 10 Cloverfield Lane coming out of nowhere and supposedly being set in the same universe as Cloverfield, I was excited and had to see it. It’s not a sequel by any means, but I am glad I saw it as it’s one of the best films I’ve seen this year, and is packed with enough tension and suspense to more than satisfy those who enjoy these genres.
My fellow colleague Chris Pandolfi has reviewed the theatrical release of this film and covered the plot and characters, so I’ll focus on putting in my two cents and discussing the Blu-ray and its features. Chris absolutely nailed everything I thought about the movie, as it is filled with more tension and secrets than you can shake some aliens at. I’ll admit, it did seem to drag just a smidge at some parts, but I assure you the build up and wait is worth it for those with patience. This is also one of those films that reminds you of what a great actor John Goodman is, as he played the kind but secretive role perfectly. Not to take anything away from John Gallagher Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, as they too were spot on in their roles and were highly believable, which is the main thing that makes this movie work so well.
With this being a Blu-ray release, the high definition transfer of the film looks and sounds great here. You’ll see and hear every detail, which helps make viewers feel like they’re trapped in the bunker along with the cast. There’s not a lot in the way of special features, but the ones here are worth taking a look at once you’ve made your way out of the bunker. The audio commentary with Director Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams is a nice treat as the two talk and joke about making the film and the scenes within. It would’ve been nice had they discussed how this movie ties into Cloverfield, but sadly they don’t. Then there’s some featurettes that is really just one big one divided into seven segments that go into interviews with the cast, behind the scenes footage, and more. Again, you’ll want to have watched the film first as these contain spoilers that will ruin the experience for those who like to view the special features beforehand.
I highly recommend 10 Cloverfield Lane for those who enjoy a very well made movie and high tension. The cast does a wonderful job bringing their believable and well acted characters to life who also have great chemistry. Tie in a great high definition transfer and some cool extras, and you have a Blu-ray you’ll want to lock down into your collection.