Even when 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 sadly 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 got to see it as it’s one of the best films I’ve seen and is packed with enough tension and suspense to more than satisfy those who enjoy a good sci-fi thriller.
Fellow colleague Chris Pandolfi had reviewed the theatrical release of this film and covered the plot and characters, so I’ll focus on my two cents and discussing this 4K treatment 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.
I was already amazed with the Blu-ray release, but now seeing it again in 4K was just a special treat. The enhanced details and HDR color makes you feel as though you’re trapped down in the bunker with the cast, especially with Dolby HD audio that brings the thrills and chills to horrifying life. There’s not much in the way of special features, but the ones included are worth taking a look at once you’ve made your way out. The audio commentary with director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams is nice 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.
As with the first film that also received a 4K makeover, I highly recommend 10 Cloverfield Lane for those who enjoy a very well made movie with high tension. The cast does a wonderful job bringing their believable and well acted characters to life and also have great chemistry. Tie in a great 4K ultra high definition transfer, Dolby HD audio and some cool extras, and you have a 4K masterpiece you’ll want to lock down into your video bunker.