We normally wouldn’t be drawn to the suspense/thriller genre, but 10 Cloverfield Lane came recommended by our new film-guru, and it wasn’t a disappointment. A young woman crashes her car on a dark, lonely street, and weeks up in a sinister dungeon-like bomb shelter. Her creepily off-kilter captor (played wonderfully by John Goodman) informs her that he rescued her from some apoclyptic event, and if she leaves she’ll die. So, you assume he’s just a crazy rapist until she meets a wholesome Midwestern-type young man in the depths down with her. And when she questions why he’s down there, he says assures her he broke in. So, the movie strikes all the right mystery notes and all the right suspense notes and it does it with a tiny cast on almost no change of scenery.
It was released in 2016, directed by Dan Trachtenberg (I believe his first feature) and gets 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is two thumbs up from me.