Back in 2008, the J.J. Abrams-produced Cloverfield surprised us all, with its sci-fi found footage story having been kept well under wraps. The low budget flick went on to do well at the box office and develop a cult following, so it’s no wonder that a hunger for a sequel has been brewing over the last few years. That was until just a month ago when a surprise trailer for a sequel preceded Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. In the cover up style of its predecessor, a sneak peak at 10 Cloverfield Lane unexpectedly thundered onto theatre screens without any previous announcement of the film’s existence.
The only apparent actors: John Goodman (Trumbo), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) have managed to keep the project an utter secret. The trailer depicts these three living together, in what appears to be an underground nuclear bunker. But it’s soon made clear that Winstead’s character isn’t there by choice and attempts an escape. How she ended up there was revealed a few weeks later in a 30 second Super Bowl commercial – showing that she had car crash and was apparently ‘rescued’ by Goodman’s survivalist character. We also saw her escape and come across a house with an intense alien glow – the clearest sign of a monster link to the first film so far.
The latest footage comes in the form of a TV trailer and gives a bit more insight into Winstead’s captivity, and some plot inducing dialogue. It reveals that she has a serious leg wound, is tied up and assumes that Goodman is a weirdo who has kidnapped her. Goodman tells her that he has, in fact, saved her life and that everyone above ground is dead, whilst Gallagher Jr. claims he hurt his arm trying to get into the bunker.
Whilst this 10 Cloverfield Lane TV trailer doesn’t have that much more to add to the first two trailers, it certainly contributes to the interest surrounding the movie’s unanswered questions. Apart from its mysterious nature, there’s the question of how this story is linked to the first film. Will the plot actually concern a giant monster (or monsters) or is it an unconnected story with “Cloverfield” in the title because the producers want a plot with the same mysterious feel (the start of a Twilight Zone style series of films, perhaps)?
Certainly the most interesting question is whether or not Goodman’s character is sincere in his intentions of keeping Winstead confined. Seeing the word ‘HELP’ scrapped onto the bunker door makes it all the more interesting. Is he telling her the truth about the reality of the surface or is he manipulating her to keep her there? And then what about Gallagher Jr.’s character? Did he really hurt his arm breaking in or is he in cahoots with Goodman? Whatever the answers we won’t have to wait much longer to find them out, as the next Cloverfield movie arrives in less than a month (from the time of writing this).
10 Cloverfield Lane will hit U.S. theaters on March 11, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures