10 CLOVERFIELD LANE – Rated PG-13

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Producer/Writer & Director J.J. Abrams is taking us back into the world of CLOVERFIELD ~ only this time we are trying to avoid a chemical attack, or an alien invasion ~ or maybe neither ~ this is 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE!!!

Fresh from moving on from her engagement, we meet Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), leaving town in a hurry to regroup.

Flash forward as Michelle wakes up inside a bunker ~ purposely closed off from the outside world by it’s creator and guardian Howard (John Goodman) ~ where she is being treated for injuries she sustained in an accident she only vaguely remembers…

Luckily for Michelle, there is another person inhabiting these walls ~ the mild mannered Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) ~ who has apparently worked for a long time to help Howard build this fortress to keep ALL OF THEM SAFE…

As Michelle questions if what Howard is telling her IS TRUE ~ which is that she cannot leave for years do to the toxic air that is at the surface ~ she finds clues that both corroborate and dispel all the tales that Howard is spewing…so Emmett and Michelle must form a pact to do whatever it takes to keep them both ALIVE….

I give 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE a rating of: WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON NETFLIX or STREAMING ~ First off, I must share that the first hour and ½ of this movie kept me on the edge of my seat with the many gripping twists and turns that were unfolding on screen, but the last ½ hour of this film takes it from EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE to ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS, and all in the blink of an eye ~ forcing me to give it this lesser rating. Goodman is superb as the eerily creepy one minute, totally normal the next Howard… and Winstead and Gallagher are good in their roles too ~ but when you take a film that is perfectly flowing in one direction~ and totally switch gears for affect ~ I say, finish it off while your audience is engaged and following along, instead of taking it into another dimension ~ turning a good film, into something significantly lesser than what it could have been in the end…

Kathy Kaiser