Michelle's bravery and resourcefulness remind me of Nicole Kidman's character in Dead Calm and Rachel McAdams's in Red Eye. All three women are put under extreme duress, but all three rise to the occasion and make the best of their situations.
The film's strength is in the uncertainty about what's happening outside the bunker. Gargantuan and imposing Emmett says he's keeping Michelle and Emmett in it for their own safety as there was a nuclear or chemical attack on the US.
Naturally, there's no way of finding out what's happening outside, and Michelle tries to disprove Emmett's statements.
She's a fashion designer fleeing a marriage after an argument, therefore, her skills will be put to
|(From left) Goodman, Winstead and Gallagher Jr. |
eat up the scenery.
She wakes up in the bunker, and her adventures in finding out what's happening takes up most of the film.
The three of them form an unusual relationship. Michelle's McGyver-like quality is shown when she, despite being tied down, attempts to retrieve her phone. She shows the right amount of fear,
Emmett says he helped to build the bunker and that he fought to get in it. He exhibits a lackadaisical style that works well with his easygoing attitude. He tells Michelle that he regrets not taking up an athletic scholarship to go to university when young.
The star of the film is undoubtedly Howard, who looms over everyone and everything. The bunker is decorated in a 1980ish style, and the jukebox music is also a few decades old. He's a choleric with huge amounts of anger, but deep down, he just wants to create a family unit.
|Michelle seeks to piece together the puzzle |
about what's happening to her.
3½ out of 5 stars