Storage 24 (2012)
“Will their first contact be their last?”
Director: Johannes Roberts
Cast: Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Synopsis: In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest.
Storage 24 is a low-budget, small scale horror movie which is basically Alien in a storage warehouse with a menage-a-trois sub-plot tacked on to it. It’s written by Noel Clarke, who also nabs for himself the leading role of Charlie, who’s just been jilted by his girlfriend and visits the storage warehouse with his best friend Mark (Colin O’Donoghue) to collect a few of his belongings. Stuck in a traffic jam on the way, the two friends discover that an aircraft has crashed in London and almost the entire city is in lockdown. They make it to the warehouse anyway, only to find themselves locked inside when the fall-out from the crash causes an intermittent power failure. To make matters worse they find that Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), Charlie’s ex- is already in the warehouse with a couple of her friends (Jamie Thomas King, and the rather lovely Laura Haddock) — as is an alien that has presumably escaped from the downed aircraft.
Storage 24 is no great shakes, to be honest, although it does boast a convincing alien, which begins stalking the vast corridors of the warehouse, picking off a variety of characters at regular intervals. That’s not to say it’s a bad movie — it just fails to add anything new to a storyline that is already over-familiar. Clarke is as good as he always is, and the terrific Geoff Bell has a small role which fails to make best use of his talents, but otherwise the rest of the cast fail to distinguish themselves. Storage 24 won’t make it to the top of anyone’s all-time best list, but it provides an hour-and-a-half of mindless entertainment for those who aren’t in too much of a demanding mood.