10 Cloverfield Lane
I wanted to see "10 Cloverfield Lane" since I first heard about the plot (which was only two months ago). A handful of people hiding (against their will?) from a terrible menace outside (a nuclear attack? chemical warfare? a terrorist attack, Martians? a zombie apocalypse?) in a homemade bunker.
You see, I’ve seen this story before. Actually, I’ve been a part of it. Kinda.
Back in the early ‘70s I worked as a youth director. At the time, curriculum was virtually nonexistent. Nothing. Nada. But this one guy — with long hair and a rough beard — named Dennis Benson was about the only guy publishing anything. In his book, “Gaming”, he provided a small, '45 record and instructions on how to conduct a unique survival simulation. So I did.
I invited the kids to gather in a small room and listen as ‘Ralph’, a survival computer (on the '45), gave us instructions. Ralph told us to seal the door so we sealed it with duct tape. Ralph said we were the only surviving members of the human race and we had to decide what kind of society we were going to create to start over. We talked about it. Then Ralph said someone was outside the door and we had to decide if we would let that person (possibly contaminated) in. We decided. Our supply levels had depleted too rapidly, so we had to kick two people out and we had to decide which
Secret In Their Eyes
I’m really not qualified to write this review. Not because I’m not a professional reviewer (which I am not), but because I fell asleep in the middle of the flick.
The plot sounded good -- A cop who learns her daughter was murdered by a sadistic killer, sets about to seek revenge. Ah! Vengeance. Payback. Who wouldn't like that?
Pretty Woman (I mean Julia Roberts) does a marvelous job as the vengeful mother playing her role perfectly. The other cast members are okay. But Erin Brockovich (I mean Julia Roberts) seems incredibly believable.
The problem, to me, is “Secret” is sooo slooooowww. It went on forever, which is the death knell for a thriller.
But worse, everybody in the movie whispers. Chiwetel Ejiofor whispers. Nicole Kidman whispers (with American and Australian accents). Larry Crowne (I mean Julia Roberts) whispers. It’s as if either the director thought whispering would make the movie more suspenseful or the movie was filmed in a library.
To its credit, the film does have a twist or two... Somewhere.
So, if you’re inclined, check it out. But be sure to bring coffee.
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