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Storage 24

Storage 24

Released 29 June 2012
Director Johannes Roberts

Noel Clarke, Colin O'Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock, Jamie Thomas King, Ned Dennehy, Geoff Bell, Alex Price, Ruth Gemmell, Davie Fairbanks, Amy Pemberton, Robert Freeman

Noel Clarke, Johannes Roberts, Davie Fairbanks, Marc Small
Producer(s) Manu Kumaran, Noel Clarke
Origin United Kingdom
Running Time 87 minutes
Genre Horror, sci-fi
Rating 16

Lock it up.

It's funny the difference between British and American movies. Much like in society, their overall intent may frequently be the same but their styles are laced with intricate dissimilarities that ultimately set them completely apart from one another. Usually I like this about British-made films,their more productive use of a small budget, the greyer lighting, the darker humour. But as hard as Storage 24 tried in this sci-fi horror, it just didn't have the finished touch that something across the Atlantic Ocean might provide more often.

When Charlie and his ex-girlfriend Shelley, along with their two best friends, go to a high-security storage facility to divide up their possessions after a recent break-up, they become locked in after a military cargo plane carrying aliens, nothing unusual there then, crashes leaving the city of London in chaos. When the species attempts to join them, they are faced with the dilemma of either finding an unlikely escape or to wait around for their inevitable devouring. To make matters just that little bit worse, Charlie's ex happens to be there also, complicating his meagre attempts to woo back Shelley.

The story and the premise isn't original in the slightest, although I don't think there's any real attempt to pass it off as if it was. While horrors are generally not my kind of genre, there was genuine suspense created by the claustrophobic environment, coupled with the unknown whereabouts of their stalking monster. In saying that, it is worth noting that the alien reminded me somewhat of the 'licker' from the game Resident Evil 2, a creature that gave me nightmares for months as a child.

Clarke's performance as a geek turned hero is quite honestly laughable – it just doesn't work well at all – and the chemistry built up in the variety of abstract relationships isn't much better. While there is no denying the fact that there are times when you will be suitably entertained, there are equally as many occasions when the clunky, low-budget scenes feel as sluggish as a C-movie, let alone B. While the crescendo may leave you a little freaked out, the lack of enough substance in Storage 24 makes it easy to lock it up and throw away the key.

- David Caulfield