x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Storage 24 is thinking inside the box

Storage 24 is another Noel Clarke flop, unfortunately.

Storage 24. Courtesy Unstoppable Entertainment
Storage 24. Courtesy Unstoppable Entertainment

Storage 24

Director: Johannes Roberts

Starring: Noel Clarke, Colin O'Donoghue and Antonia Campbell-Hughes

**

In recent years, the actor, writer, producer and two-time director Clarke has developed a cottage industry within the British film industry. On the back of the success of urban youth dramas Kidulthood and Adulthood, the West London star has seemingly been given carte blanche to make films in which he takes a prominent role. Yet it's hard to see how his reputation for having his finger on the pulse can last much longer given the duds - the sports drama Fast Girls and the wedding comedy The Knot being the others - that found their way into cinemas in 2012. Storage 24 is another Clarke script that suffers from leaden dialogue and ropy characters - the best acting comes from a fluffy toy dog. The ambitious plot, in which the angry young man Charlie (Clarke) finds himself stuck in the storage facility of the title with his ex Shelly (Campbell-Hughes) and a group of friends after an alien attack, also seems staid after last year's excellent London set sci-fi invasion thriller Attack the Block.