After getting in a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there?Written by
On a featurette that appears on the Blu-Ray for 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), one can briefly see a map of the "Valencia Bunker" alongside a timeline of its construction. According to this timeline:
In 1992, Howard and his pregnant wife moved to the farmhouse.
By 1993, when their daughter Megan was six months old, Howard had built the air lock, the main exit staircase, the mud porch, his bedroom/bathroom and an adjoining room denoted as "original 2nd escape."
By 1999, when Megan was six years old, Howard had built the main space, the kitchen, the original generator room and a second bathroom that is "used as storage" by the time of the movie
By 2008, when Megan was 15, he had added the new generator room, which connects to the main area via the duct that Michelle crawls through; the "current 2nd escape," where she finds Brittany's bloody earrings; the storage hallway; Michelle's room; and "Kyle's nook," which on the map corresponds with where Michelle first meets Emmett - suggesting his character's name was once Kyle.
In 2010, Howard's wife and 17-year-old daughter left him.
2012 is denoted with the words "Megan Prime," presumably referring to Howard's abduction of Brittany
The timeline concludes in the year 2015, with the words "NOW Megan is 22 & in college"
When they are playing Milton Bradley's Game of Life, the board is modern but the game's box (in the background) is from the 1980s. That box came with a different style board than the one the characters are playing. See more »
Michelle, please don't hang up. Just talk to me, okay? I can't believe you just left.
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Much better than the 2008 "Cloverfield" movie, this is about a gripping & intense story and raw tension rather than special effects and crushing things.
If this is going to be an anthology or if this is going to be followed by that rumored third installment that has been recently spoiled by J.J. Abrahms, I can say that nobody doubts about the secretly marketed "10 Cloverfield Lane" is a great movie on its own. And a movie that if it were spoiled by someone here or at any review would be cruel.
Since the start it reveals to be a movie that doesn't hide an ace, but a hundred.
The pace can be a little slow at the first half only to add more and more tension, hooking the audience and introducing them into the movie like they were one of the people inside that bunker.
John Goodman will be a real trend the future days thanking its superb performance. He's so twisty, complex developed character. He and Mary Elisabeth Winstead make the movie shine alongside the story.
The story is so little, then so game-changer, with twists and turns that are smart rather than empty. It's one of that makes you guess all the time.
The ending is more of a bang than a whimper. Even when it succumbs to the action and polemic moves, it will leave you on a grim and high note, pestering for another outing if it's any good like this.
If the "Cloverfield" that started it all was about speaking without breath and CGI scares, this "10 Cloverfield Lane" is about deeper intentions, deeper tension and personal stuff that is scarier than a giant monster. While the connection to that movie is not so remarkable until the finale, this installment is so brilliant on its own, so well marketed (without ruining any twist) and so well ended that will surely please any viewer who were looking for a damn good movie. This is a scary movie like the classic ones. Don't miss it.
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