There's a kitchen, a living room, a jukebox, a TV, and a library of DVDs and VHS tapes - and she has her own private place to sleep. When she regains consciousness, she's the prisoner in some creepy guy's place. He's played by John Goodman, furtive, soft-spoken, funny here and there, and absolutely menacing everywhere.
"I'm sorry, but no one is looking for you," Michelle's burly host tells her when she warns him that people will be wondering where's she gone. If there's a moment when he calls out, ominously, that reminds you of Jack Nicholson in The Shining, I don't think that's an accident.
He built this survivalist's lair for just such an occasion.
Dan Trachtenberg, a Philadelphia native and Temple film school alum making a crafty, confident feature debut, takes things from there.
It turns out Howard has another houseguest: Emmett (Short Term 12's John Gallagher Jr.), a local boy who helped build the bunker and who now sleeps in a nook surrounded by canned provisions.
Emmett's arm is in a sling, he's bruised and bloodied, but he seems in good spirits, considering. To say any more about what goes on in 10 Cloverfield Lane is to say too much.
Dana Tyler is a senior news anchor and reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City.
He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics, author of the books Hollywood Cafe: Coffee With the Stars and Hollywood Rides a Bike: Cycling With the Stars, and producer at It's practically palatial, the underground bunker in 10 Cloverfield Lane, compared to Brie Larson and little Jacob Tremblay's claustrophobic shed in Room. In 10 Cloverfield Lane, a wickedly clever nightmare entertainment and a spiritual successor to 2008's J. Abrams-overseen, found-footage sci-fier Cloverfield, Winstead is Michelle, a New Orleans millennial who begins the movie breaking up (by i Phone) with her boyfriend, packs her stuff, gets in her car, and leaves town.The cozy warren where Mary Elizabeth Winstead awakens, her leg shackled and an IV poking into her arm, looks like a luxury Airbnb. Later that night, she's run off a dark road, with her car rolling ominously into a gully.The audience is left (and led) to wonder whether Howard could possibly be speaking the truth.Winstead, who demonstrated her formidable talents in the 2012 indie Smashed (she's a schoolteacher, she's a drunk - see it! No, not the victim - you can see the resolve, the resourcefulness in her eyes. By the end of the thumpingly exhilarating 10 Cloverfield Lane, that will all become really clear. She's going to do her damnedest to get out of here, or die trying. Is there a connection, or is this just some kind of J.