5 out of 10
Released: 29th June 2012
Cast: Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donohue, Laura Haddock, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Jamie Thomas King, Alex Price, Ruth Gemmell , Davie Fairbanks, Amy Pemberton with Geoff Bell and Ned Dennehy
Written by: Noel Clarke & Davie Fairbanks
Trailer: STORAGE 24
Back in 1992 when the British film industry was on the ropes a critically mauled sci-fi called SPLIT SECOND was released. It was a low-budget monster sci-fi flick that aimed low and scored. Since then British sci-fi has had aspirations and ambitions to transcend the predictable “slash and stalk” formula. STORAGE 24 has no such aims. Like SPLIT SECOND, STORAGE 24 boasts a game cast, superior cinematography and a music score that belies a movie of gargantuan budget.
That’s why I’m happy to report that STORAGE 24 is fun. Predictable fun though. Anyone could tell you the plot, the order of death, and the outcome from viewing the trailer. Five or six friends led by Noel Clarke (KIDULTHOOD) bicker about a disintegrated relationship at a storage facility unbeknownst that an alien creature is on the loose after escaping from a crashed military plane. Trapped inside the facility due to an automated lockdown, they have to at first overcome their Hollyoaks style differences to survive a running battle against their cosmic foe. Character actor Geoff Bell (THE BUSINESS) is thoroughly wasted as an engineer aka monster fodder with no lines witty or otherwise to make an impression. These type of movies fall or stand on the presence of salty supporting characters in my opinion. Ned Dennehy (BLITZ) arrives on the scene towards the middle of the film to give proceedings a twist of sorts. But he doesn’t help elevate any of the characters above types. Mostly the story is made up of running down identical corridors until our heroes decide to man up and get tough.
Its no Attack The Block but it delivers exactly what you think it will, nothing more, nothing less. Good plot, good pace, OK script, weak characterisation, moments of humour, a big plot continuity error, shame Geoff Bell was wasted, think Alien meets Hollyoaks and you’ve just about got it. Also look up SPLIT SECOND whilst you’re at it.
5/10 – Brit Pic Dick
Review by Matt Usher below
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN?
- Noel Clarke: Mute, The Habit of Beauty, Brotherhood, The Anomaly, I Am Soldier, Saving Santa (voice), Star Trek 2 (2013), The Knot, Fast Girls, Huge, Screwed (2011), Heartless, 4-3-2-1, Centurion, Sex & Drugs & Rock-N-Roll Doghouse, Adulthood, Kidulthood, Dr Who (TV), Auf Wierdesen Pet (TV )
- Colin O’Donohue: The Rite, The Clinic (TV)
- Laura Haddock: Transformers 5, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, A Wonderful Christmas Time, Luther (TV), Da Vinci’s Demons, SuperBob, Guardians of the Galaxy, Upstairs Downstairs (TV), The Inbetweeners Movie
- Antonia Campbell-Hughes: The Chameleon, Black 47, Pickups, The Canal, Kelly + Victor, Albert Nobbs, The Task, Bright Star
- Jamie Thomas King: Mr Turner, Tower Block, The Tudors (TV)
- Ruth Gemmell: Utopia (TV), Penny Dreadful (TV), Offender, F, Fever Pitch
- Davie Fairbanks: #Legacy (dir), The Knot
- Amy Pemberton: Doomsday (2015)
- Geoff Bell: Once Upon a Time In London, King Arthur – Legend of the Sword, Mine, North V South, Suffragette, Kingsman – The Secret Service, Comedown, The Reeds, Comes a Bright Day, War Horse, Brighton Rock (2011), Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, Route Irish, Solomon Kane, Mercenaries, Just For The Record, Wild Target (2010), The Heavy, Botched, Freebird, Love Me Still, Tormented, Green Street, The Business, Mean Machine
- Ned Dennehy: Dickensian (TV), Banished (TV), Child 44, Roadkill (2015), The Woman In Black 2, Peaky Blinders (TV), Serena, Downhill, Scintilla, Grabbers, Blitz, Tyrannosaur, The Eagle, The Escapist