10 Cloverfield Lane

Theatrical Release: March 11, 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane


After surviving a car accident, a woman wakes up in an underground cellar, where most of the film takes place. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life, and that a worldwide chemical attack has left Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Uncertain of what to believe, she decides she must escape, no matter what dangers she may face outside.

Dove Review

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is a gripping suspense story and features a chilling performance from John Goodman as Howard, a man who takes in two young adults after an invasion. The woman, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), was driving in her car after an argument with her husband and crashed. She soon learns that Howard brought her to the cellar, and he claims there was an invasion and now the air is toxic and she can’t leave for at least a year or two. She doesn’t believe Howard, but then she meets a man named Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), who is also living there and tells her that it is true. He helped Howard build the bunker and saw the beginning of the invasion, and he just barely made it into Howard’s shelter.

Howard is temperamental and flies off the handle continually, prompting Michelle to try and escape. However, she sees a woman who is badly disfigured from the atmosphere outside the door, trying to get in, and she realizes that Howard has told her the truth. However, there is still more to Howard that Emmett and Michelle learn, and when they do, they make a plan to try and escape.

The movie features some humorous moments, mostly coming from Howard who views himself as sane and everyone else as mistaken about the world. He does make a point when he says, “Crazy is building your ark after the flood has already come.” The film features nail-biting suspense with several jump scenes. A few scenes feature some blood, but they are not gratuitous. Unfortunately, with about five minutes remaining in the film, the “F” bomb is uttered, thereby preventing us from awarding the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. It’s a shame that the film came close but didn’t make the cut.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: G/OG-2; Good Lord-1; F-1; S-2; D-1; H-1; This Sucks-1; Pi*sed-1; "Turd" comment.
Violence: Realistic car wreck with the loud noise of shattering glass; woman has blood on her head, and blood is on bed sheet; woman breaks bottle over man's head, and he has a bloody wound and she begins to stitch it as the scene cuts away; the remaining corpses of two pigs are shown with some blood; a man has a wound on his arm with a bit of blood; a man is shot in cold blood, but the scene is audible and not shown on screen, with the exception of some blood being briefly shown on a wall; some blood shown in a barrel; man has acid poured on him, and his face is partly burned; man strikes vents with knife and tries to strike a woman who is fleeing from him; creature chases woman and breaks windshield of her car; explosions and fire.
Drugs: Woman connected to IV; woman is given pain medicine; the drinking of vodka; a comment about being "wasted."
Nudity: Cleavage; woman in panties; woman in shorts.
Other: Man says he wishes he would have gotten a lot of tattoos; several jump scenes; tension between characters.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
Producer: J.J. Abrams
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 105 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter