December 6, 2012 (US VOD)
Davie Fairbanks, Marc Small, Noel Clarke
Noel Clarke as Charlie
Colin O'Donoghue as Mark
Antonia Campbell-Hughes as Shelley
Laura Haddock as Nikki
Jamie Thomas King as Chris
In Storage 24 a handful of unfortunate individuals find themselves trapped in a storage facility with a hungry monster on the loose. It’s a familiar story, but can director Johannes Roberts give it a unique enough spin to keep things entertaining?
It’s never good when a military cargo plane crashes in the center of London. But never good has a way of becoming downright horrifying when the contents of the aircraft happen to be alive, vicious and completely out of this world. Storage 24 works a well exercised setup, but delivers a violent enough thrill ride to keep knuckles white with tense anticipation: it seems danger waits around every corner of the storage facility that this otherworldly creature just so happened to crash into once discarded from the descending plane.
If you’re a fan of 1980’s monster movies,Storage 24 is a must-see smash. The pacing of the picture is top notch and director Johannes Roberts wastes absolutely no time in introducing a multitude of conflicts, including a few twists that bear no relation to the actual creature roaming about. That said, make no mistake, this beast is certainly one of the production’s serious stars. With too many teeth to count, this elongated freak commands attention every second it stalks the frame, and the fact that the internal issues between Storage 24’s human players piques major interest as well just lends itself to the flick’s strength as a diverse production. Every aspect of this one is enjoyable.
The gist of the film has pretty much been touched down upon: an airplane crashes; a good sized cargo case collides with storage facility, Storage 24. The cargo case contains an alien/monster that escapes, and finds itself wandering about Storage 24, which is on lock down after the plane’s crash has caused some form of electrical interference (a well aligned approach to disabling cellphones and communication in general) that leads to the units’ security shutters slamming shut and seizing up. A small handful of individuals find themselves trapped in the facility, and it’s only a matter of minutes before these bickering civilians learn of the monster’s presence. The only question remaining is: can anyone survive the wrath of this massive beast?
As vital as the creature is to this story, Storage 24’s characters provide the real fuel in the machine. The struggles between troubled couple Charlie and Shelley are believable, jarring and pivotal in outlining a hero of the story. Charlie’s been completely shafted by Shelley, and neither Mark (Charlie’s best friend) nor Nikki (Shelley’s BFF) manage to make the situation any better. They do however factor into the skirmish with a tangible relevance (can’t give too much away here unfortunately) that forces viewers to side with specific personalities and despise others. Virtually every human being in this story serves a purpose. There just isn’t much fodder to intake and that helps the story to march forward under a cloak of connectivity that most pictures of this nature lack. These are more than warm bodies, they’re real personalities with a wide array of idiosyncrasies (Charlie’s a complete pushover, so expect a few awkward ticks from this gent) that stand out as memorable.
Storage 24 wasn’t assembled for monetary gain alone. There’s heart, passion and a shitload of hard work invested in this one. Johannes Roberts is a talented filmmaker with a clear vision that translates from mind to film seamlessly. The crew responsible for the script clearly took their time in manufacturing relatable and natural dialogue, so hats off to Davie Fairbanks, Marc Small and Noel Clarke. Speaking of Noel Clarke, neglecting his performance as the unlikely hero, Charlie, would be an outright crime. Clarke was absolutely awesome in Doghouse, but that could very well have been a fluke showcase; Storage 24 proves otherwise. Clarke’s a well-rounded thespian with a likeable demeanor and a bright, bright future. Colin O’Donoghue (Mark), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Shelley) and Laura Haddock (Nikki) also turn in fine performances. All in all, this is a terrific ensemble that guide viewers through a thoroughly entertaining film that feels like it stepped right out of 1985.
Whether or not Storage 24 gains notable steam stateside remains to be seen. It’s always difficult predicting the reception of the general masses. Some films hit, some miss, and that comes completely regardless of their quality. Storage 24 deserves to be acknowledged as an incredible piece of cinema. This is hands down one of the most enjoyable pictures I’ve seen this year, and as a fan of vintage horror, I’m rooting for this throwback flick, 100 percent!