Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Facility (2012)

Starring: Aneurin Barnard, Alex Reid, and Steve Evets

Run time: 1:20:00

Quick Synopsis: Eight volunteers take part in a drug trial.  Then shit happens.

For almost thirty minutes of The Facility, I was convinced that I had found an awful horror movie gem.  While the audience does not learn to much about each character, they all have enough depth to make them interesting.  Add in the build up of suspense and mystery and the beginning has more than enough to keep the attention of the audience.  Unfortunately, as things begin to shit the fan, writer/director Ian Clark begins to shit the
bed.  The first issue was some odd editing that I assume was done to create some mystery. but instead took me out of the flow of the movie.  There would be similar mishaps in almost all of the action sequences that followed.  The shaky camera work did not help either.  There were many times were it felt like it was a found footage movie due to the fact the cameraman was running after the running characters.  Some could argue that it adds to the chaos going on in the film, however, I think that is giving to much credit, especially when considering the sloppiness of the final two thirds of the movie.  I guess I should note that the acting was actual pretty impressive given what the actors had working against them.  Their performances are just not enough to overcome some of the other deficiencies within the movie though and the audience is left with a mostly awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: This is Director Ian Clark's first feature length film. 

Hidden Gem: The film does not have any opening credits.

Total Kill Count: 4
Dr. Mansell- Chris Larkin (34:00) Struck in the Head Gore Rating: 7
Howard (38:00) Attacked by Jed Gore Rating: 5
Katie- Nia Roberts (1:10:00) Strangled Gore Rating: 1
Joni- Alex Reid (1:15:00) Stabbed by Needles on a Stick Gore Rating: 2

             Horror Film: 5
             Entertainment: 3
             Gore: 5
             Overall: 4.5