10 Cloverfield LaneGoofs
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When running from Howard before escaping the bunk, Michelle is bare-foot. She goes into her room to collect the "hazmat suit" and we see her boots on the floor there, but she leaves the room still bare-foot. Moments later, when she climbs on the table to go into the air-ventilation opening, she has those boots on.
When Ben calls Michelle, she is driving through the night and the car's clock shows it is 12:14 am, albeit her phone claims it's 6:29pm.
When Michelle hides in the shed outside, it is evening. Moments later, when she looks out of the shed, it is night.
Howard indicates that the shelter he built is "underneath my farmhouse" in rural Louisiana. However, the water table in much of Louisiana is so high that it would make the building of an underground shelter like Howard's totally unfeasible.
When Michelle is looking at Emmett's driver's license it says Class D Personal Driver's License. In Louisiana a Personal Driver's License is a Class E. A Class D License is a Chauffeur's License.
When Michelle wakes up in the cellar room after the accident, she rips the drain tube out of her arm. This is supposed to bleed pretty much, if the vein is not pressed on for at least a minute, and would leave a conspicuous mark. After removing the tube, she briefly covers the wound with her palm for a second. Shortly after, the arm is shown without neither mark nor blood. Her hands are clean, too.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
Howard's cut does not suddenly heal between shots. It heals slowly and is a sign of the passage of time while they are in the bunker. Similarly, Michelle's nail polish is shown to slowly wear off. Both of these are meant to show that they have been in the bunker for longer than it may seem.
Also, the blood on Megan's earring was not wet, it was obviously dry. However, the death of Megan/Brittany is purposefully debatable.
At the beginning of the film, when Michelle checks her phone while driving, the clock at the top shows that the time is 6:29pm. When she eventually wakes up in the bunker, the time on her phone still shows the time as 6:29pm.
However, it is revealed that she has been unconscious for "a couple of days", so the time of days is not an error.
In the beginning, while Michelle is driving and on the phone with Ben, she is hearing on speaker phone. On her phone though, the speaker icon is not lit up meaning that the phone would not be on speaker. Michelle's phone does have Bluetooth active, and since most modern cars do have Bluetooth connectivity through the audio system, it is entirely possible she is indeed using that system while on the phone with Ben.
When they are playing Milton Bradley's Game of Life, the board is modern but the game's box (in the background) is from the 1980s. That box came with a different style board than the one the characters are playing.
During the first dinner scene (around 33mins), there are 2 bottles of drink on the table, and 3 empty glasses. Howard opens one of the bottles and pours half into Michelle's glass. Emmett then manages to reach across the table and take the bottle (even though the bottle is out of reach and Michelle is holding her cutlery) - Emmett then half fills his glass, emptying the bottle. Despite Howard never opening the second bottle (which is still unopened on the table) and never filling his own glass; his glass is also half full a few shots later.
Howard has an issue with plates and glasses being set on his "family heirloom" dinner table; and asks Michelle to always be sure that place-mats and coasters are used. You might think with his Strict Navy past and rules/short temper, that he would also have set his 2 bottles on something during the first dinner scene, but there was nothing below them.
From the main floor there is about a 3 foot staircase into the kitchen. From the kitchen there is about a 12 foot staircase to the outside doors. This makes the main floor be about 15 feet below the ground level. The whole air filtration system situation suggest a different thing. The duct opening the heroine climbs into is 6 foot above the floor. Near the end of the air duct there is an about 4 foot high "incline" that she climbs up to get into the air filtration room. The room is minimum 8 foot high. From the room there is a ladder to the hatch outside. The hatch is level with the ground and is at least 6 feet from the ceiling of the air filtration room. This suggests the main floor is 24 feet below ground, not 15. Even though all numbers are approximate, there is clearly a disconnect.
Howard's bunker/shelter design comes with a serious flaw, as he claimed he couldn't fit through the opening to fix the air pumps should a problem arise.
Errors in geography
At 1:37 Michelle approaches a sign that indicates she is on Hwy 190 toward Baton Rouge and that by taking a left onto Hwy 26 she will be heading to Houston. If she is heading to Baton Rouge she would be heading East and would need to take a right to go to Houston.
When Michelle goes in the venting system to reset the air filtration unit, no one seems to think it might be important to clear whatever was preventing them from accessing it in the first place. And it would have been easier for Michelle to later use it to escape.
When Michelle and Emmett are talking (about 30 minutes in), Emmett explains that he saw the 'explosion' and he immediately went to the shelter - in fact, claiming he had to fight his way in. But this means that Howard had to leave the shelter in order to encounter Michelle and bring her to the bunker.