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We had just finished seeing 10 Cloverfield Lane. If you haven’t watched it yet, I strongly recommend it. I’ll wait for you. Okay, did you happen to watch it? That’s quite excellent, isn’t it?
However, the more I watched, the clearer it seemed to me what the movie was really about. If you haven’t seen it yet, be warned that I will be dropping spoilers all over the place. It’s more like I’m going to go over the whole narrative again, so consider this your last warning. If you haven’t watched the movie yet but would want to, then you should stop reading right now!
You’ve got this young woman named Michelle who is trying to get away from her difficult circumstances by running away. It is her coping mechanism, however flawed it may be, and it has served her well so far. She is involved in a vehicle accident as she is once again fleeing from her issues. On waking, she finds an IV of fluids connected up to her arm and a knee brace tied to the wall. She immediately calls for help. This is when I began to see a pattern.
Howard, a big, older guy who seems to be in command, enters the scene. Howard is completely devoid of sympathy or humanity. Michelle is not comforted by him. In fact, he seems to be very pleased with the fact that she was afraid of him and the position she finds herself in. He informs her of this whenever the chance presents itself. Her life has been saved by him, and he has no qualms about reminding her that she should be thankful for all he has done for her. No matter what Howard tells her about what’s going on outside of his tiny bunker under the farmhouse, she should never question it or challenge it. In the event that he claims that the air is poisonous and would kill you, you best trust him. If he informs you that all of your friends and family members have died, it is likely that no one is searching for you. It’s pointless to attempt to go away from here.
In this post-apocalyptic survival bunker, there is a wounded younger guy, Emmett, who needs to be rescued. Howard arrives as Michelle inquires as to how he sustained his injury, which is a broken arm in a sling. Howard says that Emmett was the one who injured himself by tripping about.
Howard gave me the shivers right from the start, like the clues of a nightmare that you can’t quite recall the details of yet. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was about this movie that was making me feel so uneasy. My skin crawled and my stomach twisted as a result of this experience. This was not your typical horror film; there was no blood or gore, and there were no murderers wielding machetes or chain saws. This seemed like it was a personal attack. And suddenly it dawned on me.
This was the tale of a woman who was subjected to domestic violence and had the strength to flee and survive. This was a tale about surviving. Howard is a bully who takes advantage of the fact that he saved Michelle’s life to further his own interests. She is now cut off from the rest of the world outside the bunker, and the only information she has comes from Howard. Using a tale about his daughter and wife abandoning him, he attempted to get compassion from the audience. You should feel sorry for him. He just tried to do his best, and no one seemed to notice or appreciate him or his efforts. When Michelle fails to express her appreciation for Howard’s generosity, he explodes in anger.
Michelle creates a Biohazard suit with the help of her talents as a clothes designer. She gathers her strength and manages to flee. It wasn’t a simple task. Howard learned her intentions and engaged in a scuffle and pursuit. She, on the other hand, made it out alive. And it is at this point that the true survival tale begins, as it does for many survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
So often, abuse victims are told that they would never be able to live outside of the relationship. You’re not intelligent enough, you’re not attractive enough, and you don’t have any money. The only way you’ll be able to survive is if you live with me. There is no one else who will take you. Michelle discovers that there are hazards out in the world and that Howard was not as insane as he seemed to be. Michelle delves deep inside herself and conjures strength that rivals that of any superhero. As she drives away, she hears a voice on the radio. The same radio that Howard had before said had no service. There are survivors in Houston, and they need assistance. Michelle comes to a complete stop while staring at the traffic signs, both to avoid danger and to assist others.
Is it possible that I’m digging into this too much? Maybe. This, though, was the lesson I took away from the film. Here is a story of a young woman who finds herself in an abusive relationship. This has happened far too many times for victims to wake up and understand what has been going on all along, but they were blind to it. And, despite the bullying and fear of being on the verge of death, she manages to escape. Her perspective has been shifted as a result of the event. Instead of fleeing, she assists others in becoming survivors rather than victims of the situation.
People have approached me and asked me what the purpose of my writing is. What is the purpose of my blog? What do I expect to accomplish as a result of this? I want to be like Michelle and assist others in discovering the inner power that exists inside them. Michelle had a greatness inside her. Many times, our inner greatness isn’t shown until a crisis situation arises in our lives. When was the last time you stated to yourself, “I didn’t realize I had it in me?” You were able to rely on your own brilliance. You are desperate for that greatness to manifest itself, as if your whole existence relies on it. Because it is true. Others may have a greater opportunity of realizing their own potential as a result of your accomplishments. Due to your determination, more survivors will continue to make the world a better place because of your example.
If you are in an abusive relationship, please contact this hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for assistance. That is the number for the domestic violence hotline. You have earned the right to live in peace, free of fear and injuries.
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