DIR: Johannes Roberts • WRI: Noel Clarke, Davie Fairbanks, Marc Small • PRO: Noel Clarke, Manu Kumaran • DOP: Tim Sidell • ED: Martin Brinkler • DES: Malin Lindholm • Cast: Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock
Storage 24 tells the story of four Londoners who find themselves trapped inside a storage facility during the beginning of an alien invasion. What starts off as efforts to get out after the alien attack triggered a lockdown soon turns into a fight for survival against one of the aliens which has – inextricably – managed to make its way in. The four Londoners, consisting of Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Laura Haddock and Irish actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes, find themselves battling to stay alive inside the storage facility.
The plot of Storage 24 is threadbare, to say the least. A very weak subplot is forced in concerning Noel Clarke’s failing relationship with his girlfriend, Laura Haddock, that has absolutely no consequence on the film whatsoever. The set design is limited at best and, as the film is set entirely in a few rooms, not much happens throughout. The film moves from room to room, although it never truly takes off in any real sense. The alien design is laughable and truly resembles B-movie creatures from the 1950s – complete with tentacles and rubber eyes.
The film may be an independent film that’s working with a limited budget. However, other films have dealt with with similar constraints and have managed to create better films than this. Storage 24 suffers from poor direction and a real lack of tension. The shock value is lacking tremendously and relies on overly loud noises to gain a response from the audience – instead of creating real dread and horror. Storage 24 looks incredibly cheap and is very much that. The film’s stunted dialogue, cliché-ridden plot, low-production values and poor acting makes this a film to definitely avoid.
Rated 16 (see IFCO website for details) 89m 56s Storage 24is released on 29th June 2012