One of the most anticipated films of the year, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (John Goodman & Mary Elizabeth Winstead) will hit theaters March 11, 2016. While little is known about the plot of this science fiction thriller from producing mastermind JJ Abrams, the film still has fans eagerly awaiting the release so the mysteries surrounding the film may finally be solved. The atmosphere of the bunker featured in 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE provides a tense atmosphere throughout the film. Just like our protagonists are stuck in a bunker, let’s take a look at other famous films where characters have been trapped or shut in!
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016)
An obsessed fan keeps a famous novelist hostage in her backwoods cabin. Why we’ve yet to finish our own book (among other reasons).
THE SHINING (1980)
A classic in the “Trapped” genre, where a writer and his young family serve as off-season caretakers at a mountain resort, only to have the scribe go a bit off due to the isolation.
CAST AWAY (2000)
Obsessively punctual FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is en route to an assignment in Malaysia when his plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a storm. The sole survivor of the flight, Chuck washes ashore on a deserted island. When his efforts to sail away and contact help fail, Chuck learns how to survive on the island, where he remains for years, accompanied by only his handmade volleyball friend, Wilson.
THE MIST (2007)
Adaptation of a classic Stephen King novella wherein the denizens of a small Maine town (N.B.: Why folks in small towns gotta get trapped all the time—they’re not repressed enough?!) get trapped in a supermarket by a flock of human-eating wastoids that invaded their little ‘burg during a thudnerstorm (hence the mist).
127 HOURS (2010)
While exploring a remote canyon in Utah, mountaineer and adventurer Aron Ralston (James Franco) becomes trapped when a boulder falls on his arm. Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and considers his options, leading him to an agonizing choice: to amputate his arm so that he can extricate himself and try to make his way back to civilization or remain pinned to the canyon wall and likely die. Based on Ralston’s book, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.”
Here the hero is trapped in the infinite vacuum of despair, a despair brought on by her own over-analyzing mind which has imposed subjective value judgments on the difficult and painful occurrences in her life. And living in the world of cerebral thought as she does, she has forgotten how to appreciate the divine bliss of having one’s primal needs generously met—for air, food, health, safety, and survival itself.