3 out of 10
Release date: 22nd August 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Jim Gillespie
Cast: Rupert Evans, Deirdre Mullins, Michael Smiley, April Pearson, Steve Garry, Alex March with Tom Meeten and Gordon Kennedy
Writer: Jim Gillespie
Trailer: TANK 432
There are some ideas at play here in Tank 432, except I don’t know what they were, so incomprehensible is its story. The plot is so convoluted and wilfully confusing it’s doesn’t make for a good 90 minutes of film viewing. And that’s disappointing because all the ingredients are present for an intriguing ‘men on a mission movie’.
Like R-Point and Deathwatch before it, this chooses cryptic over creepy. As a horror, Tank 432 lacks chills, thrills or atmosphere. So therefore its an exercise in flatness. Several soldiers are on a hostage taking mission, they come under fire and take shelter in a Bulldog tank. The leader Sgt. Smith (GORDON KENNEDY – THE BORDERLANDS) knows more than he’s letting on, and as the body count rises the soldiers slowly discover that’s what’s happening to them is no accident. What role will the tank play in their future, can they escape the belly of the bulldog once they become locked in, who are the spectres in insect masks, and what’s the orange powder they encounter going to do to their minds? The above average cast is squandered and they struggle to make sense of the repetitive and clunky script. Kennedy suffers the most with the worst dialogue, and the usually dependable Michael Smiley (KILL LIST) over plays his lunatic. Elsewhere, Rupert Evans (THE MAN IN THE HIGH TOWER) and Deirdre Mullins (MAN DOWN) take the nominal leads. They both do well, expect for a horror there’s but one memorable death. All the other death’s are unforgettable and pretty unshowy.
Boasting Ben Wheatley as producer, and some good cult actors, Tank 432 stalls and refuses to evolve into anything interesting. Even the final reveal is botched, making the ‘twist’ in the tale a nonsensical cherry on the cake. Director Nick Gillespie is Wheatley’s regular cinematographer but it looks like this leg up was a generous move as the director and writer has a long way go to be anywhere near good as him.
3 out of 10 – Flat action horror that goes nowhere and squanders interesting ideas and good actors. Ultimately, it’s boring and confusing. Stank 432.
Another review below!
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Rupert Evans: The Boy, The Man In The High Castle (TV), The Canal, The Village (TV), The Incident, Elfie Hopkins, Hellboy
- Deirdre Mullins: Man Down (TV)
- Michael Smiley: The Devil Went Down To Islington, Birthmarked, Jawbone, Free Fire, Orthodox, The Aliens (TV), The Hallow, The Lobster, Luther (TV), Glassland, Black Sea, We Are The Freaks, Svengali, For Those In Peril, The World’s End, A Field In England, The ABCs of Death, Shell, Kill List, Burke & Hare, Down Terrace, Outpost, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, Spaced (TV)
- April Pearson: Caught, Dark Beacon, Fractured, Age of Kill, Tormented, Skins (TV)
- Steve Garry: The Fallow Field
- Tom Meeten: The Ghoul, Prevenge, Aaaaaaaah!, Bill, Crackanory (TV), Paddington, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy (TV), Burke & Hare, Weekender, Star Stories (TV), The Mighty Boosh (TV), Saxondale (TV), I Want Candy, Magicians
- Gordon Kennedy: First and Only, Above The Clouds, The Halcyon (TV), T2 – Trainspotting, The Borderlands, Robin Hood (TV), With Or Without You, Just Like a Woman