Taglines: Monsters come in many forms.
Following an argument with her fiancé Ben, Michelle leaves New Orleans and drives through rural Louisiana. Late at night, she turns on the radio only to hear that there were continuous blackouts in major cities.
Distracted by a call from Ben, Michelle gets into an accident and is rendered unconscious. She wakes up in a concrete room chained to a wall, and is approached by a man named Howard, who explains that an unknown attack has taken place and that he brought her to his bunker after finding her on the side of the road.
Michelle meets Emmett, another survivor who witnessed the attack and fled to Howard’s bunker. During dinner, an unconvinced Michelle steals Howard’s keys and tries to escape, but discovers Leslie, a woman suffering from a severe skin infection, begging to get into the bunker. When Leslie dies from the infection, Michelle realizes Howard was right and stays.
As time passes, the trio begins adapting to living underground, and Michelle learns of Howard’s daughter Megan. When the air filtration unit breaks down, Howard asks Michelle to climb through the air ducts to reset the system. She discovers a window with the word ‘HELP’ scratched on the inside and a bloody earring that she recognizes from a picture of Megan. She shows the picture to Emmett, who recognizes her as a missing girl from his high school, Brittany.
They then discover a polaroid of Brittany wearing the same clothes loaned to Michelle. Realizing that Howard is dangerous, they begin to plan an escape and fashion a biohazard suit, but Howard discovers what they are doing. In defense of Michelle, Emmett accepts the blame and claims he was creating a weapon. After accepting an apology from Emmett, Howard summarily executes him with a revolver.
Michelle works to complete the biohazard suit but is discovered by Howard. She dumps a vat of perchloric acid on him, severely injuring him and inadvertently starting an electrical fire. She climbs back through the air ducts, puts on the suit, and escapes outside, where she realizes the air is not toxic. Moments later, a techno-organic extraterrestrial craft appears in the distance. The underground bunker explodes, killing Howard in the process and attracting the craft’s attention.
Michelle flees to Howard’s farmhouse, where she finds Leslie’s dead body. Toxic gas is released, forcing her to take shelter in Howard’s truck, which is then picked up by the craft as it attempts to consume her. However, Michelle assembles a Molotov cocktail and throws it into the craft, destroying it in an explosion.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher, Mat Vairo, Jamie Clay, Cindy Hogan, Sumalee Montano, Suzanne Cryer, Bradley Cooper
Production Design by: Ramsey Avery
Cinematography by: Jeff Cutter
Costume Design by: Meagan McLaughlin
Set Decoration by, Michelle Marchand, Kellie Jo Tinney
Music by: Bear McCreary
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some violence, and brief language.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: March 11, 2016