Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Storage 24 (2012)

I'm just going to skip the usual opening paragraph to get on with the story, since there really isn't a whole lot to say this time around. So: In London, a military plane crashes, leaving behind...something. Said something is an alien being, which ends up in a local storage facility. There, a group of people who work there, not knowing that the city is in lock down, may become it's prey.

That's all there is really. "Storage 24" does very little that's actually new or particularly interesting. Actually, it does have a few things going to it. On in particular is the monster, which is actually pretty awesome. Unlike say, recent movies like "Creature" and "Hypothermia", the people behind it know that a movie like this needs a cool looking beast, and that's what you get. It also gets away with a few moments of solid gore, one of my favorite cliches (the asshole that gets theirs) and a few genuinely funny moments.

In spite of all of this, it doesn't do enough to stand out. The characters themselves-well, the actors playing them aren't bad, but there's nothing about them that's likable or interesting. Just throwing in "Hey, Charlie (Noel Clarke) finds out his girlfriend (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) is cheating on him!" isn't enough to make you care about them. The whole thing as a whole doesn't feel all that fun. It mostly feels more like a SyFy channel movie that just happened to get a small theatrical release and a offers a little more gore than it does anything special. The flat direction and cinematography doesn't help, and the story and tone is muddled-at one moment it's a horror movie with character drama, and the next it's a tongue in cheek creature feature. The end result is probably worth a Netflix streaming on a boring day, but that's about it.

Rating: 4/10 

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