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Containment (2015)

TV-14 | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1 August 2015 (USA)
What happens when a epidemic breaks out, but you're kept in the dark? Anything can happen. Slowly the residents realize that they will all die unless they come together.

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What happens when a epidemic breaks out, but you're kept in the dark? Anything can happen. Slowly the residents realize that they will all die unless they come together.

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Underrated Suspense Thriller
28 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Remember the nuclear disaster movies of the '80s? Remember the plague epidemic movies that replaced them as the next big thing to be scared of? Containment is nothing new when it comes to concept but you have not yet seen a viral pandemic scenario played out solely on a rough English tower block estate and that's what this is! I'm drawn to these movies like a moth to flame because I like a good disaster movie and I love survival horror. Containment is a little of both but it steers more towards the style of television drama and that's what it ultimately looks like.

I enjoyed the mix of character archetypes and the frankness between them. It gets the story going without wasting any time. There's little to suggest that any one character has plot armour above all others, or that any one character is destined to meet an exceptionally terrible fate. Everyone is in the same boat without romanticising character stories the way most disaster movies do.

The gritty urban setting is perfect, as is the tone, but rather than give in to the character-conventional theatrics, it's more a frank study of how certain people might respond to such situations. Some are just as uncompromising as the thuggish hazmat teams practically assaulting them in their own homes. Others are victim to it from the outset and that gives us a recipe for serious escalation.

Think Night of the Living Dead, and The Crazies! Although for me the best performance comes from the unofficial lead, taken by understated actor Lee Ross, the character Sergei (about as Russian as a tin of custard) steals the show so often that everything remains up in the air.

Other characters aren't so convincing; one reminding me of Dylan Moran's stereotypical stuck up weakling in Shaun of the Dead. You'll see what I mean. I found him a bit of a bad distraction at times. Otherwise this is a nice change.

If you want to drop the fancy spectacle and pick up on some effective drama, this is a movie for you.


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