10 Cloverfield Lane was the surprise breakout sci-fi of last year, surprising audiences who were underwhelmed by its found-footage predecessor. While the Cloverfield series is already developing a third installment disconnected (maybe) from 10 Cloverfield Lane, Mary Elizabeth Winstead says she’s totally down to bring her character back.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Our ongoing celebration of the best from the world of film in 2016 continues with our ranking of the finest movie posters of the year. In the gallery above you’ll see our picks for the 25 best. They range from massive hits to to tiny indie releases; we decided not to limit our list just to huge commercial successes. We don’t determine a movie’s quality by its box office totals. Why should we determine a poster’s quality that way?
J.J. Abrams’ Cloverfield universe is quickly becoming one of the more interesting cinematic universes. Instead of stringing together a series of connected sequels and spinoffs à la the Marvel and DC cinematic universes, the 2008 found footage thriller has spawned something a little more ambiguous. This year saw the surprise release of Bad Robot’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was less a sequel to the 2008 movie and more of a blood relative. And now we finally have confirmation of what the third film in the Clover-verse will be.
There’s almost no such thing as a surprise anymore. We’ve become saturated by a surplus of information, a culture obsessed with being in the know, constantly living in anticipation of an arrival. Not a day goes by when you don’t see a new movie trailer online, pass a TV show poster on your morning commute, or see a musician promote their upcoming album in a viral late night clip. We’re always informed of what’s up next, an awareness of the impending future that has driven the element of surprise to near extinction. But in 2016 something different happened in the entertainment world.
There are four seasons to a year, but only two seasons to a movie year: Summer, which now starts around late February, and Awards.
In news that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with a child in their life, Zootopia held on to the number one spot at the box office this weekend and made it look effortless. And yet, 10 Cloverfield Lane’s second place opening is nothing to scoff at, especially for a modestly budged, small-scale thriller (although the “Cloverfield” in the title certainly helped).
You probably haven’t heard of ‘Dan Trachtenberg’ unless you’ve seen his sci-fi short, ‘Portal: No Escape,’ or followed news about him directing the mysterious Bad Robot project ‘Valencia.’ As we all learned two months ago, ‘Valencia’ was actually the codename for ‘10 Cloverfield Lane,’ a secret film related to the 2008 monster movie’ Cloverfield.’
How big of a secret was the J.J. Abrams produced ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’? So big that star Mary Elizabeth Winstead didn’t even know the movie’s title until an hour before the rest of world did. Up until the trailer for the movie surprised audiences in front of Michael Bay’s ‘13 Hours’ two months ago, no one outside of the cast and crew knew the upcoming thriller was related to 2008's ‘Cloverfield.’
‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ is as sneaky as movies come. No one had any idea the ‘Cloverfield’ universe was being continued until a trailer for the mysterious movie appeared in front of Michael Bay’s ‘13 Hours’ on January 14, a mere two months before its release this Friday. Only scant details about the movie have been revealed in trailers, photos and through fans decoding its vast viral marketing, reminiscent to the unveiling of ‘Cloverfield’ nine years ago. But now that we’ve finally seen the new movie, we can tell you just how it is, and mostly isn’t, related to Matt Reeves’ 2008 monster movie. If you want to remain completely surprised, check out our spoiler-free review. Otherwise, continue into very spoilery territory where we will ruin some big plot twists. You’ve been warned!
What is ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’? Besides being the address of John Goodman’s farm in the movie, the secretive project has been described as a “blood relative” of 2008's ‘Cloverfield,’ not a sequel. Its plot has been kept tightly under wraps with a mere five word synopsis – “Monsters come in many forms.” And its sneaky viral marketing campaign, from websites to a game to burying a military ammo can in New Orleans, have stoked the fires of Bad Robot fans and conspiracy theorists. So what exactly is it then?