When it comes to creature movies they are very much hit or miss. Depending on the nature of the beast in question, either your traditional giant scorpion, crocodile or bigfoot or something a little more sci-fi orientated (as in this movie), you, the viewer, are either going to be treated to one of the following; a mystery in which the nature of the creature is revealed throughout the movie, or a flat out slaughter fest where the gore and death sequences are the stars of the show.
Now, I’m sure there are the odd exceptions to this rule, but I think we can all agree it holds up well as a fairly common stereo type, and let’s be honest it has to be one or the other; either suspense or gore – otherwise what else does a movie of this nature offer?
The latest movie to be written and star popular UK writer/actor Noel Clarke shows that trends are occasionally there for a reason, as the creature movie ‘Storage 24’ offers little in the way of gore or suspense adding instead an odd (and out of place) package of emotion, drama and some rather lengthy character development.
Whereas other critics have essentially carved apart this movie’s plot/creature design and overall impact, I would like to state that I didn’t think this movie was a complete washout and I would like to offer some selective critique before I begin my summary.
To begin with the target audience has to be established. This movie (I hope at least) was aimed at your very casual horror fan – or simply fans of Noel Clarkes other work. It plays out very similar to his other works, in that it felt very much like a cross between a tongue in cheek TV sci-fi show and a drama. From this angle the movie bumbles along fine, and those silly enough to be lured towards the box simply by the mentioned of adulthood/kidulthood will get what they expect – a generic, but generally inoffensive entry into the genre. For the rest however, generic will feel cliché and inoffensive is likely to offend!
And by generic, let’s jump straight to the plot. Well it’s about an alien which crashes and escapes within a storage facility in London, this detail is revealed in the first few minutes, and simply put, due to dodgy electrics a group of people are trapped in their with it; cue 90minutes of the creature essentially troughing its way through the group until the end of the movie.
Seriously, that is it! And genuinely not wanting to seem facetious, there is nothing more I can really add to this. Between attack sequences – presumably while the monster lets its dinner go down – we are treated to rather lengthy back stories for characters who, and let’s be honest, in this sort of movie are essentially a self-delivering buffet; all of which are adequately well scripted and acted, but uninteresting none the less.
The creature design looks good enough. Opting for a healthy dose of CGI, rather than man in big rubber suit, means that the creature is on screen for a decent length of time, and whilst it wasn’t anything terribly horrific, if I met it under the same circumstance as the characters in this movie I would probably shit myself instantly, not be worrying about my relationship issues as in this film. To be honest, with all of the self-pity the characters are attempting to rally for themselves when the monster does eat one of the cast it seems like it may in fact have done us a favour! Along with the deaths, and whilst most have either the cheesy stand off or the heroic last-last-few-words speech, there is a reasonable amount of blood. There are a few decent scenes of gore scattered throughout the movie which definitely was essential. Without those moments this movie would have been a complete write off.
Overall this movie is simply too generic to warrant anything more than a mid-score review. The plot is far to flimsy to be anything other than an afterthought. If it had been made into a comedy, with a witty script etc. then perhaps it might have worked as a staging for something a little more impressive, but as it stands the movie takes itself far too seriously; possibly to its detriment. Too much character development and not enough horror I think sums the movie up nicely. It’s certainly not the worst movie ever made, as has been hinted at in less conservative reviews, but considering the potential of the cast and the budget this really is an average effort.