A man discovers evidence of murder in a storage and decides to find killer.
Release Date: September 2009 (UK)
Director: Michael Craft
Writer: Michael Craft
Cast: Matthew Scully, Robert Price, Elise Greig
Storage is an Australian thriller helmed by auteur Michael Craft. I say auteur as he wrote, produced and directed the entire thing which is not bad going! It’s an unusually twisting film with lots of false assumptions and blind alleys in the narrative, enough to keep the viewer guessing, though the second half is something of a let down compared to the first which builds the suspense very nicely.
The story revolves around Jimmy, who in the first reel sees the murder of his father during a mugging attack. Shattered and with nowhere to go, Jimmy is taken in by his uncle who also gives him, a menial job in his storage facility. However, the place has a dark secret as Jimmy witnesses one of the customers skulking about with a gun. Convinced that the customer, Francis has committed a murder and is hiding the body in the facility he investigates by breaking and entering later in the night. Not a good idea. Jimmy’s situation descends into a twisted world of intrigue and cover ups complicated by the fact that he has fallen for one of his co workers, Zia.
It’s fair to say that the plot doesn’t quite hold together. The set up is excellent though perhaps over long but relies too much on apparent coincidences to be truly believable and Jimmy’s reactions when he finds out the facility’s secret seems out of character with what has been established previously. However, Damien Garvey as Jimmy holds it together giving a good solid performance, as the tortured young man, particularly watchable in the aftermath of his father’s death while he is trying to put his life back together.
Saskia Brumeister seems to be there to fulfil the sex appeal quotient and doesn’t really make much of an impression in the acting stakes but does anyone really care? Characterisation and dialogue are generally good though one criticism I could level; at the film is that despite some neat little twists, there’s nothing massively original about it. It is to the film’s credit that it doesn’t rely on special affects and gore fests which may leave some disappointed but allows the moments of violence which are seen to be more effective in their isolation, especially the crucial murder of Jimmy’s father which packs a real emotional punch.
All in all, “Storage” is not bad at all, a reasonably enjoyable thriller and a good way of spending ninety minutes. Some of the performances are a little wobbly but the whole is bigger than the sum of it’s parts.