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Storage 24 is a 2012 British science fiction horror film directed by Johannes Roberts.

Storage 24
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Directed by Johannes Roberts
Produced by Manu Kumaran
Noel Clarke
Screenplay by Johannes Roberts
Davie Fairbanks
Marc Small
Noel Clarke
Story by Noel Clarke (original idea)
Starring Noel Clarke
Colin O'Donoghue
Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Laura Haddock
Music by Christian Henson
Cinematography Tim Sidell
Edited by Martin Brinkler
Production
company
Unstoppable Entertainment
Big Yellow Films
Medient Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Magnolia Pictures
Magnet Releasing
Release date
  • 29 June 2012 (2012-06-29)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £1.6 million
Box office $646,175

Contents

PlotEdit

A military aircraft crashes in central London, releasing its highly classified contents. Following the crash, a malfunction at the Storage 24 facility causes the security shutters to lock, trapping several people inside: Charlie, his best friend Mark, Charlie's ex-girlfriend Shelley, her best friend Nikki, Nikki's boyfriend Chris, the building receptionist, Jake and a maintenance engineer, Bob. Charlie arrives at the facility with Mark shortly after the incident. However, since the facility’s power is intermittently failing and everyone else is forced back together when they realise they cannot leave the building.

Meanwhile, Bob (the electrician) and Jake (the receptionist) are attempting to unlock the shutters by checking the electrical distribution boards in the basement. Bob is attacked and mysteriously killed. Jake flees and hides in an open storage room. Chris chances on him and witnesses him being killed by an alien creature.

Looking around, Charlie, Mark, Shelley and Nikki come across Chris huddled in the room, in shock, with blood dripping onto his face from above. From this, they locate Jake’s shredded remains above the ceiling panels. As Nikki runs from the room, a middle-aged man grabs her, threatening her with an electric toothbrush. They stun him and tie him up, believing he is the murderer. When he regains consiousness, they learn he is merely an eccentric resident of a nearby storage unit, hiding from his wife. When Chris recovers they learn that a deadly creature of some kind is on the loose, and they are not safe.

Together, they hide themselves in one of the storage rooms as the creature lurks outside. However, Chris runs; the creature catches him and rips out his heart. The group then decides to stay in the unit rented by the man, David, because it is lockable from the inside. David helps them to piece together what must have happened, by showing them the news channels on a collection of televisions he has acquired. Their only hope is to escape from the facility, and to do that they will need the engineer’s equipment in the basement. Before they venture there, they decide to use the ventilation ducts in order to search other units for weapons.

Mark and Charlie search several units, but find only a knife, a crowbar, and some fireworks. As they return, the creature breaks through the duct inches from Charlie and Mark abandons him. Mark returns to the group and distributes the weapons, telling them that Charlie is dead.

Charlie has somehow escaped the creature, and stumbles into the group; there is a slightly awkward reunion. Heading for the basement, they are confronted by the creature, and David sacrifices himself to give the others time to escape. They split into pairs to search the basement. Charlie and Nikki find the electronic keypad controlling the shutters near Bob's mutilated body. When they return, Mark is alone. He tells them Shelley has been taken by the creature and they must leave immediately. Charlie insists on a rescue attempt and doubles back with Nikki.

In a corridor nearby, Shelley is held captive by the creature. As it prepares to kill her, she stabs it with the knife and runs, but is cornered in a lift. Charlie and Nikki send a walking toy dog rigged with lit fireworks down the hallway. The fireworks explode, allowing Shelley to escape to Charlie.

Believing the creature dead, they run to Reception only to find Mark has barred its door with the crowbar. They plead with him; he stares distractedly, leaving them trapped. Charlie kicks the door open, and tries to open the shutters with the keypad. Just then the creature breaks through the wall behind Mark, and kills him. With Nikki’s aid, Charlie kills the creature by thrusting the crowbar through its abdomen.

Charlie finally releases the security shutters, and the trio emerge into the street. Shelley apologises and Charlie accepts the break-up. They go their separate ways. London is ablaze, under heavy attack from alien spaceships. The film ends abruptly.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 42% on the tomatometer, with a rating of 4.9/10 based on 31 reviews.[1] Jeremy Clarke from The Guardian said "Johannes Roberts' warehouse-set monster flick is unexpectedly entertaining", giving the film four stars out of five.[2] Kim Newman from Empire gave the film three stars out of five and called it "a superior British horror sci-fi."[3]

Box office grossEdit

According to Box Office Mojo's statistics, Storage 24 grossed $646,175 worldwide. It entered the UK chart at number 13, making $372,153. In Turkey it entered at number 7 in the charts and in Hong Kong it entered at number 10. In the US, it was released for one day, on one screen, making $72, before being released on DVD and VOD through Magnolia.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Storage 24". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 30, 2018. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Jeremy (2012-06-26). "Storage 24 - Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  3. ^ Newman, Kim. "Storage 24 Review". Empire Online. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 

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