5.5 out of 10
Release Date: 14th May 2013 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Ian Clark
Cast: Alex Reid, Aneurin Barnard, Steve Evets, Nia Roberts, Amit Shah, Skye Lourie, Oliver Coleman, Chris Larkin, Emily Butterfield and Jack Doolan
Writer: Ian Clark
Trailer: THE FACILITY
To be proofread: The Facility is a slightly above average Brit-chiller. It’s primarily elevated by its well thought out script. The good acting bolsts it further and whilst the characterisation is a bit cliched in this situation it’s probably forgivable because in real life people do adopt stereotypes / archtypes like the one on show here. The Facility tells the story of seven medical guinea pigs who roll up the said facility for a trial. Some are in it for the first time and others are seasoned pros. They are made up of: mad northerner, tough but sexy girl, sexy male student, disposable blonde girl, cynical business lady, nerdy Asian guy and bullish, sexist estate agent type guy. At first the medical trial goes to plan and the test subjects are sent to bed, only one of them (not hard to guess) starts to have extremely adverse reactions to the drug. Mad subject goes on a rampage and they see a nurse flee for her life across the car park below…. then a second subject beings to act weirdly.
So The Facility begins as a countdown. We see each of the group take it in turn to get injected so the order of their response to the drug is easy to predict. But there’s also the question of a placebo? Who’s gotten off lightly and who will have to fight their way out? Also how long will the effects last, will it lock the sufferers into a permanent state, is the transformation part of the test?
Only a few of these questions get answered and for the most part its an intriguing and gripping little horror film. The set-up is well measured and the execution of the later action/horror sequences are effective. So all in all its an involving horror film – so why does it get the slender 5.5 out of 10? Inspite of a bleak ending the filmmakers choose to ditch the film mid-air with a cue card telling you what happened next. This works in some stories but no there. The Facility is constantly boiling to a head but the makers have refused to let it explode. In an action film, this kind of ending is inexcusable. Somehow they pulled a similar thing off in “F” but there was no “This happened next….” cue card. “F” was left open to leave the viewer to their own devices. In The Facility – the conclusion has been hastily scribbled down into paragraph and put on screen to piss the viewer off. A real climax would have been an apt pay off – and if The Facility was a poorer movie I would have welcomed the reprieve, as it is we’re left in disappointment by a good,solid horror entertainer that just drives you into the wilderness, scares the shit out of you and then leaves you a note saying “by the way – that was the end!” before tip-toeing back to the car to leave you alone.
5.5 out of 10 – A great horror – let down by a howler of a decision to finish the movie off with a cue card. Good acting and nice script elevate this above the norm. At least I’ve warned you now. Maybe you’ll enjoy it more because you know what to expect come boiling point.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Alex Reid: I Am Soldier, Wilderness, Love Me Still, The Descent, Ultimate Force (TV)
- Aneurin Barnard: Bitter Harvest (2015), War & Peace (TV), Cilla (TV), The Adventurer – The Curse of The Midas Box, Citadel, Trap For Cinderella, Elfie Hopkins, We’ll Take Manhattan, Hunky Dory, Ironclad
- Steve Evets: North V South, Rev (TV), The Selfish Giant, Spike Island, Anna Karenina (2012), Brighton Rock (2011), Wuthering Heights (2011), A Boy Called Dad, Summer (2008), Looking For Eric
- Nia Roberts: Under Milk Wood (2015), Just Jim, Patagonia
- Amit Shah: Howl (2015), The Hundred-Foot Journey, All Stars, The Infidel
- Skye Lourie: The Holding
- Oliver Coleman: Casualty (TV)
- Chris Larkin: Angels and Insects
- Jack Doolan: Rules of the Game, It’s a Lot, Green Street 3, May I Kill U?, Cockneys Vs. Zombies, Demons Never Die, Cemetery Junction