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First time director Dan Trachtenberg has been handed the task of following up the 2008 monster film Cloverfield with a sequel that doesn’t really feel like a sequel, and comes across more as the cousin you never knew you had.

Of course, unexpected sequels pop up all the time, especially in this day and age when seemingly every film is liable to get a sequel in one form or another, but 10 Cloverfield Lane was one that really came out of nowhere.

After a car crash, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) awakes in a mysterious bunker with a grumpy looking Howard (John Goodman) and local kid Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) for company. Away from the world and unsure of what’s really going on Michelle searches for answers in bizarre circumstances.

Our three leads hold the film together, while director Trachtenberg builds tension through some great characterisation and an intimidating sense of claustrophobia. It’s only let-down, arguably, is an ending that may divide audiences and leave them either perplexed or cheated. Or maybe they will just take it for what it is and admit to having a sequel that betters its predecessor and expands its universe in wholly unexpected ways.

3/5

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