Why the ending of 10 Cloverfield Lane works

By Nathan Woodham

WARNING: Spoilers abound in this review. If you hate spoilers like I do, go watch the frickin’ movie.

I have seen many a Hollywood critic put down the ending to 10 Cloverfield Lane, calling it “contrived” and “a blockbuster cop-out ending to an otherwise great psychological thriller.” To those critics, I say nay! The ending matches the tone and adds an additional layer of depth to the main character.

I understand that the unexpected science-fiction-y twist made you crap your critical drawers when you realized that the spiritual successor to Cloverfield (2008) might actually be – *gasp* – a genre film, but sometimes those aspects of a movie can actually work to it’s benefit. Continue reading