Please remain calm, the situation is under control!
Director : David Lemon
Cast : Lee Ross, Sheila Reid, Andrew Leug, Gabriel Senior, Louise Brealey, William Postlethwaite and Pippa Nixon
I’ve been reviewing films on this site for close on four years, during that entire time I’ve reviewed a wide range of films but I am pretty certain that not once have I taken time to write about one that has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, I’m not one that really goes via that site normally, but 100% is quite something.
I didn’t know when I started watching “Containment” that it had that rating. It was just on “The Horror Channel” one night during the week and the concept sounded rather interesting, so I gave it a try. It was only about half way through that I decided to review it.
So is it both worthy of 100% and a rare example of The Horror Channel having a decent film on for once?
Mark (Ross) wakes up one day to discover that all power to his flat has been turned off and he has effectively been sealed in. He receives a call from his ex-wife but that gets cut off midway through and he can no longer contact anyone. Soon Sergei (Leung) and his brother Nicu (Senior) break down the walls between flats.
The group that is eventually formed watch as people in hazmat suits go into another nearby building and take a selection of people, leaving others. When they eventually come into Marc’s building to try to take Nicu, they manage to subdue one of them, Hazel (Nixon), who reveals that it is all to stop an infection spreading.
However, now that the other buildings know that they have captured one of the mystery people, can they keep them out and causing more damage?
So is it worthy of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes?
I am a fan of British horrors and thrillers. Being British it would seem pretty obvious that I would keen on my homeland’s cinema and some of the movies I have reviewed on this site have been better than what is often offered in the genre from the rest of the world. This is not one of those films.
Behind any half decent horror film is good characters. Characters are what drives horrors because if you don’t actually care about who dies, who lives, etc, then it fails to get you invested in them and the situation. That is the scenario I found myself in during this mercifully short movie. I was given no reason to want the characters to survive. They are unlikable people and whilst these types of characters aren’t necessarily a bad thing on certain occasions, to have a cast full of them.
The cliches seep through into seemingly every single aspect of the movie and it becomes considerably more tedious to watch as it goes on. At first I was somewhat interested due to the concept, but it is one that is not realised at any point. I was sat waiting for the movie to come to life for so long that after a while I just gave up hope.
It baffles me that all reviewers on “Rotten Tomatoes” have all given this a positive review because it is just a completely nothing film. There is no real reason to get excited or interested in this film and the very fact that I actually started writing this review a week ago, which is the longest it has taken me to finish one, should tell you all you need to know about the movie. The lack of urgency confirms to me personally that this movie isn’t really worth talking about.
Tedious, one-dimensional and just completely unnoteworthy. “Containment” must be the worst film with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (again, at the time of writing) as there is nothing at all that I could recommend about it.
It is one of those films that is just sort of there. It can best be summed up by two of the final three sentences spoken in “American Psycho”, “I gain no deeper knowledge of myself. No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling.”