Eppler: Secrecy for '10 Cloverfield Lane' pays off

Eppler: Secrecy for '10 Cloverfield Lane' pays off

You might remember "Cloverfield" from 2008 - the clever monster movie that was made to look like it was shot with a handheld camera so effective it game some people motion sickness and had them vomiting in theater aisles. 

No, really. That happened in Lubbock.

The question most people have about "10 Cloverfield Lane" is whether it's a sequel, prequel, spinoff or somehow related to the '08 picture. My answer: don't worry about it. In fact, the less you know about this new movie, the better.

What I will tell you is it's an intense thriller with many surprises that'll keep you guessing right up until the final minutes.You're never quite sure who to trust, or what's really going on.

Most of the movie takes place in an underground bunker and there are only three main cast members, all of whom are great, especially John Goodman.

This is also a dynamite debut for director Dan Trachtenberg, who keeps turning the screws on the suspense, and never lets you get comfortable in that cellar.

I have mild gripes with the film's final minutes, and also certain foreshadowing elements about as subtle as canon fire. But "10 Cloverfield Lane" is still a skillfully made bit of fun.

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