10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stucken, and Damien Chazelle. Starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. It is the second film in the Cloverfield franchise. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but under production by Bad Robot, it was turned into a spiritual successor of the 2008 film Cloverfield. The film follows a young woman who, after a car crash, wakes up in an underground bunker with two men who insist that an event has left the surface of Earth uninhabitable.
The film is presented in a third-person narrative, in contrast to its predecessor’s found-footage style. It was released in the United States on March 11, 2016, in conventional and IMAX theaters. The film received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the performances of the cast, as well as the film’s tense and suspenseful atmosphere.
Following an argument with her fiancé, Michelle packs up and leaves New Orleans, driving through rural Louisiana late at night. The radio tells of blackouts in major cities. Suddenly her red Volkswagen Jetta is hit by something and rolls off the road, and she awakes in a concrete room chained to a wall. A man named Howard unlocks the door and tells a terrified Michelle, “I’m going to keep you alive.”
She tries to ambush him, but he fends off the attack and explains that he saved her life by finding her wreck and bringing her here, because there has been a massive attack by the Martians—possibly nuclear or chemical, and everyone is dead. He tells a doubtful Michelle that she can’t leave because the nuclear or chemical fallout will contaminate the air for one or two years.
Michelle meets Emmett, an ignorant employee of Howard, who witnessed an apocalyptic, red flash far away, and then forced his way into Howard’s bunker. Through a window in the outer door, Howard shows Michelle two dead pigs outside that have sores on their body, apparently from a chemical weapon. Michelle also sees Howard’s truck, and regains the memory of it forcing her off the road.
During the trio’s first dinner together that night, Michelle steals Howard’s keys and is about to unlock the final door, when a car pulls up outside. Leslie, a woman suffering from severe skin lesions emerges from the car and begs to be let inside. When she violently bangs her head against the tiny reinforced window to try to break in, Michelle realizes Howard was right, and doesn’t open the door. Unprovoked, Howard confesses to her that in his panic during the attack, he accidentally hit her car. As time passes, the trio begins getting along and adapting to life underground. But Howard has little tolerance for Emmet, and can only perceive Michelle as a little girl. When they hear loud noises above, Howard assumes it is airborne patrols sweeping the last signs of life.
When the ventilator fails, Michelle is the only one small enough to crawl through the air duct to the ventilation room, where she finds a padlocked hatch to outside, with the word “HELP” scratched on the inside of the glass. Howard tells Michelle about his beloved daughter, who is “not with us anymore”. Michelle and Emmett eventually detect inconsistencies in his story, including discovering that the picture of his daughter Howard showed Michelle is actually a girl who went missing two years before. They suspect Howard abducted and murdered her, and they secretly begin fashioning a makeshift biohazard suit for an escape outside.
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