10 Cloverfield Lane | DVD review - Are the perils on the outside or the inside?

10 Cloverfield Lane Mary Elizabeth Winstead
10 Cloverfield Lane starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Image credit: Michele K. Short)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is trapped in a bunker with John Goodman and John Gallagher in 10 Cloverfield Lane, a twisty mystery thriller that ricochets between black comedy and white-knuckle scares.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Michelle wakes after a car crash to find herself trapped in a bunker with John Goodman’s gloomy survivalist, Howard. He declares he has rescued her from an apocalyptic calamity that has just befallen the US and rendered the outside world uninhabitable. But in 10 Cloverfield Lane are the real perils outside or on the inside?

It’s best not to give too much else away about this twisty, gripping mystery thriller (although the teasing title will be a tip off for some). Suffice to say that first-time feature director Dan Trachtenberg beautifully executes the claustrophobic drama that ensues, steadily ratcheting the tension as the mood inside the bunker slides back and forth between black comedy and white-knuckle scares.

The performances are terrific, too. Goodman’s patriarchal conspiracy theorist is simultaneously sinister and pitiful, creepy and absurd; John Gallagher Jr’s good-old-boy Emmett, the bunker’s third occupant, does useful third-wheel service, while Winstead makes a credibly gutsy and sympathetic survivor.


Certificate 12. Runtime 103 mins. Director Dan Trachtenberg

10 Cloverfield Lane is available on Digital HD and is released on Blu-ray & DVD on 25th July, courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution and Universal Pictures (UK).



Blu-ray: • Commentary by Director Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams

• Cloverfield Too

• Bunker Mentality

• Duck and Cover

• Spin-Off

• Kelvin Optical

• Fine Tuned

• End of Story

DVD: • Commentary by Director Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams

• Cloverfield Too

• Bunker Mentality

• End of Story

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.