Second half of ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ disappoints

Promotional photo for the movie. Photo from official Facebook page.

Promotional photo for the movie. Photo from official Facebook page.

When driving along a highway suddenly became getting hit by a car and waking up in a horror film-like state chained to a bed with a strange man saying the world outside is uninhabitable, life for Michelle was flipped into what seemed like an alternate universe.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is a suspenseful puzzle-like drama that had the viewer questioning what was real and what was imagined in the middle of every scene. The film created an experience that left the viewer looking deeper and deeper into every aspect of it.

The main character, Michelle, is taken in by a doomsday prepper with a history of kidnapping, claiming to have saved her life after causing her to be in a severe car accident. This man says no one can see the outside world again, building a series of questionable motives all while welcoming Michelle into their new life of living underground – creating a sense of tension that the audience feeds off of.

Even though there is a correlation between “Cloverfield” and “10 Cloverfield Lane,” the only trait they share is the appearance of extraterrestrial life forms. Yet, it is definitely one of those movies where it is still intense regardless of if you’ve kept up with the films.

The first half of the movie was filled with suspense and drama that almost felt like a crime show, but the ending made the movie not as intriguing.

Personally, I thought the ending of the film almost brought down all the great moments and suspense that the beginning had worked so hard to execute. It dragged down my overall opinion of the film when I left the theater.

Overall, I did enjoy “10 Cloverfield Lane,” or at least the first half of it. I thought it was very out of its element since the initial impression of the film was that it was more crime-based. However, the use of aliens during the end tied it to “Cloverfield” creating a sort of sequel or alternate version of the previous film.

The only way to know what all went down on “10 Cloverfield Lane” is to see it for yourself.

Carly Plemons can be reached at [email protected] or @plemnz on Twitter.