10 Cloverfield Lane Analysis

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10 Cloverfield lane (2016) follows Michelle after she awakens from a car accident and finds herself chained to a pipe in the wall. She soon learns that she was brought to the ‘basement” by the rather intimidating Howard. The basement is actually a doomsday bunker with three occupants: black belt in conspiracy theory, Howard: his former repairman, Emmett: and Michelle, whom Howard saved from her smashed car. With an utterly confusing opening and closing critics initially despised the film, but then praised it for its tension building soundtrack; it is nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award. 10 Cloverfield lane un-praised for its less than climatic ending, is praised for its soundtrack and tension building camera shots that create the white-knuckle psychological thriller. 10 Cloverfield Lane - directed by Dan Trachtenberg - is not just another thriller, but uses musical score throbs and cluttered camera shots to alternate “moods seamlessly, [create] ratcheting tension... and then [deflate]it with black humor” (Orr). The music really sets the tone for this peculiar little thriller. Seemingly bland events are immediately ominous when…show more content…
The use of evolutionary frightening sounds and pitches intensifies tension, and builds up to action, while also relaying a sense of comfort. The cramped and cluttered camera shots address the close quarters and the havoc it creates on the relationships and distrust amongst both Michelle and Howard, and Emmett and Howard. Psychological fakery is used in the film to earn the audience’s trust, even though they are intentionally lying to them in order to establish character opinions. In return through the use of sound, cinematography, and psychological fakery 10 Cloverfield Lane is turned into an intense thriller- that sends the audience into an uncomfortable and frightened
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