Storage (2009)

Storage is a fantastically taut, nerve-shredding Australian horror with more twists and turns than a particularly elaborate rollercoaster ride. The set-up is brief and to the point, but paves the way for a slow-burning psychological thriller that may just have you on the edge of your seat.

Jimmy has just lost his Dad in a mugging-turned-stabbing incident after a trip to see Death Wish 2 at the flicks. He is taken in by his Dad’s brother; Uncle Leonard, a seemingly morally confused man who runs a long term storage facility in which people rent space to store their belongings. Jimmy goes to work for Leonard and spends most of his days drooling over his colleague Zia and watching people come and go on the CCTV monitors.

One day, Jimmy becomes suspicious of a surly man who appears to have something untoward that might just link him to a murder hidden in his storage space. Roping in Zia to help him, they investigate further, only to be plunged headlong into affairs they were best left out of.

Having seen the trailer before watching the film, I was expecting something completely different than what I was actually presented with. I mean this in the best possible way though, it meant nothing was given away and there were still lots of surprises at every turn.

Although clearly made with a relatively low budget, Storage still looks great and parts are filmed very stylishly, with particular mention going to a couple of slow-mo scenes involving fire. The direction is nothing out of the ordinary but there is enough variation in the techniques used to ensure that it almost always looks interesting. While not superbly visually arresting, this is a film that will almost certainly hold your attention for its 95 minute running time.

The acting is a mixed bag throughout. The only cast member who really manages to shine is Damien Garvey as Uncle Leonard. He’s created a wonderfully ambiguous character whom you are never sure whether to root for or despise until the third act when he is finally shown in his true light. Matthew Scully and Saskia Burmeister make for a believable pair with only Scully’s exaggerated facial expressions letting him down in the realism stakes. Besides that, they have credible enough chemistry and an authentic mutual attraction.

Despite having had little fanfair on its recent DVD release, Storage is a surprisingly effective little thriller. It’s unpredictable, well made and in places, truly shocking. Watch it.

Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

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