Initial Reaction: Video Review - 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

This week on Initial Reaction we talk the biggest new release of the week in 10 Cloverfield Lane as Zootopia remained atop the box office. This distant relative of a sequel to director Matt Reeves 2008 monster movie is a different type of monster in and of itself and, in my opinion, is all the better for it despite my thinking the quality of the film might have improved did it not have to tie into the bigger Cloverfield universe. The film is something of an experiment given it is not a direct sequel to the first film, features none of the same characters or actors and hardly any mega monster action that made the first such a massive hit, but actually functions as a different perspective on similar events rather than being a continuation. It's a fine idea and works more than it doesn't and, as I say in our review, is something of a double edged sword given first time feature director Dan Trachtenberg ultimately had to tie in Cloverfield references to his original film, but will ultimately have more people see it now than they would have without the branding. The film debuted with $1.8 million in Thursday previews and ended the weekend with an estimated $25.2 million. Scoring a "B-" CinemaScore from opening night audiences (not great) I can't tell if the film will continue to do well given it wasn't what most fans of the first film wanted from a sequel despite the fact they walked away from what was largely a pretty terrific movie. Only time will tell as it faces off against the third installment in The Divergent Series, Allegiant, but will then go up against Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice which I expect to dominate everything. At the same time, 10 Cloverfield Lane will have likely collected the majority of what it's going to do by then. For more, hit the jump to see our full video review and be sure to subscribe to our channel to get the latest reviews!

You can also read my written review here.

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