Now I remember why I seldom shell out to see a movie in the theatre. Unless, (and even sometimes then), they have won an academy award, I am going to be disappointed. Because I was in Edmonton, and there is a wider choice of films (using the term, loosely) to see, my kids and I chose to go to 10 Cloverfield Lane at the Princess.
I can't lie, the opening scene is effective. We all jumped out of our seats as a young woman crashes her car. The initial impact and screeching, grinding sounds at high volume have your attention. In the next 20 minutes, everything goes downhill, for the heroine and the plot. 10 Cloverfield Lane is slow except for the really loud noises when something or Howard, her abductor, comes in. Is Howard right? Has he kept her safe from the "bad" air and aliens?
Spoiler- kind of. It's just that he's a psychopath and will kill her on a whim if she doesn't follow the rules. Finally, after making a Project Runway-type haz mat suit from a shower curtain and a Go-Go Gadget gas mask from two pop bottles, all held together by duct tape our heroine, Michelle, escapes to battle the aliens. She makes a molotov cocktail from a paper towel fuse and a whiskey incendiary (whiskey found in Howard's truck). When the alien anus is close enough, she throws it in. Fire, explosion, smoke, sound. Done. 10 Cloverfield Lane is the second of the Cloverfield franchise. I will not be paying to see the third.
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