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A London self-storage facility provides an appropriately eerie location for Storage 24, an amiably routine genre pic that combines sci-fi and horror elements.
Derivative and dorky, Storage 24 still entertains more often than it exasperates.
Certainly an acceptable matinee distraction and an effective creature feature, at least in rare moments where the monster actually resembles a monster and not a PS3 glitch.
| Original Score: B-
While sluggishly starting in a fashion horror/sci-fi fans are all too familiar with, Storage 24 takes an unexpected turn for the awesome with bouts of ooey-gooey creature horror - but still leaves us wanting a tad more.
| Original Score: 6/10
Makes the most of a simple premise and single location setting, the cast are uniformly good, and the impressive creature delivers nastily effective splatter chaos.
| Original Score: 4/5
Never quite scary enough to be a horror, nowhere near funny enough to be a comedy and not exciting enough to be an action movie, but stitches all three elements together into a satisfying whole.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Storage 24 is solid, entertaining but unremarkable genre fare, littered with two-dimensional characters and predictable twists.
The whole thing proves unexpectedly entertaining.
Not especially original but surprisingly effective.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's diverting even if it never cranks up the tension much further than the odd jolt.
One or two serious scares and some excellent creature design work make this a superior British horror sci-fi.
There's enough gore, ideas and self-aware absurdity here to make it something a bit more enticing than merely Alien: The EastEnders Redux.
The headache you'll get from the first half of the flick is not worth the meager thrills you'll get from the second.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This low-budget Alien knock-off set in a London self-storage facility inspires more claustrophobia than chills.
A monster from a familiar mother.
More chilling than the horror of the alien's close-quarters assault is the rank misogyny that more than offensively underscores the Melrose Place-grade human drama.
| Original Score: 1/4
B-movie fodder ideal for low-expectation late evening TV viewing.
Literally feels like it's 24 hours long.
| Original Score: 1/5
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The film is, as Clarke's hooded Kidulthood character might say, 'well gash, innit'.
| Original Score: 2/5