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Residents of an apartment block wake up to discover that they are sealed inside their building. They must work together to find out why before they start to turn on one another.

Cast & Crew

Gabriel Senior
Nicu
Neil Mcenery-West
Director
David Lemon
Screenwriter
Roland Holmes
Producer
Sarah Senior
Producer
Simon Sole
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Graham Hadfield
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Critic Reviews for Containment

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1)

  • A good British sci-fi thriller that makes good use of tight spaces.

    September 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • While the dialogue is tainted by a few panic-thriller platitudes, and it is clear first-time director Neil McEnery-West needs to work on coaxing the best from actors, this is a zippy, clean-cut work.

    September 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • like [REC] or The Mist (both 2007) but without the monsters, as a beleaguered society turns on itself and destroys its own hope.

    July 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I found myself most captivated by Sheila Reid whose performance is simultaneously vulnerable, self-assured and immensely satisfying.

    September 5, 2020 | Rating: 3.0/4.0 | Full Review…
  • It's not without its faults, but Containment is a tight and compact claustrophobic thriller with enough tricks up its sleeves to keep viewers entertained.

    July 16, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Alarmingly frank but refreshingly optimistic, Containment tells a great many inconvenient truths but its coda assures us that all is not lost.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 04, 2016
    This is not what I would call the most inventive or unique movie I've ever seen, since it reminds me a lot of the first Rec, without the zombie. But it shares a lot of similarities, in that the film is contained in the apartment building and there's a certain claustrophobic qualities to the events taking place in this film. At the very least, however, there's no zombies and it's all about avoiding the viral outbreak that has broken out in the apartment complex. The film is well-written and it has a solid cast that makes the concept work. It's not that this is a difficult film to pull off, but it doesn't always work in execution and I think this film definitely pulled off the desperation of the situation and the claustrophobia fairly well. It also helps that the film is, barely, 70 minutes long. That means there's no real time to waste and they get right down to business almost immediately. However, that also means that there's no real time to develop any of the characters' personalities. I mean they do the bare minimum, as in you can tell who's who and what their basic personality is, but they don't really go in depth. Not that they even could, with the limited time they had available. Then again, at the very least, this way, you're focused more on the situation that is taking place and not necessarily on a deep exploration of who the characters are deep down. Another shitty review, but there's really not much to write about here. At the very least, however, the Hazmats, as they refer to them, aren't portrayed as out and out villains. The problem with a lot of these films is that it is clearly black and white. The government is evil and wants to kill its citizens. And I say this as someone who's fairly anti-government. At the very least, however, this movie tried to be a little more shades of grey. I do believe that the hazmats really did want to help, they weren't portrayed as evil government scientists. So that's something. With that said, this is still a fairly enjoyable movie. It's super short and easy to watch. If you have Amazon Prime then it's something I'd recommend. There's nothing you really need to see here, but it's a pretty good movie even with its flaws.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2015
    A group of tenants find themselves locked in their apartment building with mysterious people in haz-mat gear lurking outside. Much like The Mist this is a character-driven drama/horror film that exposes human avarice under stress. Its plot is relatively simple but nonetheless compelling. However, one of the pitfalls of this genre of horror film is that the characters often get reduced to types or are left not fully realized; both circumstances befall Containment's characters. Overall, strong performances and strong direction doesn't solve the small problems with this good effort.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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