At 12:47 am on Aug 17th, 2015, Crystal Connor, finally settled in her new apartment climbed into her sleeping bag on the couch and picked up her remote. For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…
This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, a film by Neil Mcenery-West called Containment
Reader discretion is Advised
Entry 1: Are they in Scotland?
Entry 2: Huston we have a problem
Entry 3: You just cut your hand open with a hammer, dude put the screwdriver down before you kill yourself.
Entry 4: lol, I think I am in love with him.
Entry 5: Once the army shows up, all bets are off.
Entry 6: And there it is.
Entry 7: You think you can out run a sniper? Told you
Entry 8: He is out of control
Entry 9: That moment when your little brother sees you for the monster you are.
Entry 10: No, dude you don’t get to be in charge anymore
Entry 11: Now your all infected … way to go. Dumb ass
Entry 12: Are we going to talk about the sniper?!?
Entry 13: Wow
Entry 14: Please kill him, please with sugar on top let him die!
Entry 15: Movie Quote of the Night: “It wasn’t like this during the war. Some people trampled over their own children to go in shelter, we were all scared, but at least it was somebody you could see.”
Entry 16: Hell to the damn NO!
Entry 17: Don’t you dare save him.
Entry 18: Dude I would rather deal with zombies, are you F’ing kidding me?
Entry 19: Why are we going to the roof?
Entry 20: What the?! Oh sweet Jesus keep me near the cross!
Entry 21: Oh no…
Entry 22: Damn it =(
Entry 23: Wait a minute, what the hell…OH MY E’FFN GOD, oh my God.
Plotline: Neighbors in a block wake one morning to find they have been sealed inside their apartments. Can they work together to find out why? Or will they destroy each other in their fight to escape?
Who would like it: Fans of isolation movies. Zombie, pandemic, and survivalist fans, anyone who likes military research and cover-up conspires, and everybody who loves their horror served with a healthy sides of psychological and suspense.
High Points: I love monster movies, my favorites are the ones where they don’t show the monster. In Containment, just like the people we’re watching, we don’t know what happened, and this sets the tone for the rest of the movie because you immediately start listing agencies that you think would have the power to take control of three large apartment buildings, put everyone inside asleep, and then glue all the doors and windows shut …without being seen.
I also loved, once the group was established, how fast they turned on each other. Not only do they have to deal with what’s going on outside the tension is ratcheted up four notches because no one is sure if the person right next to them has their back.
We never find out what the virus is or what caused it, even the captured Hazmat expert seems to suggest that her team is basically leading from behind, doing all they can to catch up to this rapid moving germ.
The ending is no ending at all. Once you realize what they’ve done a million questions and assumptions pop into your head and all you can do is sit there and try to take it all in. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the icing on this cake!
Complaints: Though well-rounded, the characters are cliquish queuing up and dying in the order that you expect them too, but because this movie is so well acted and the tension is so taught it’s not that big of a complaint.
Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having. I’m a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained. And Containment entertained me, I loved it and I hope you will too.
Stars: 4 ½
Where I watched it: Amazon Prime
Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:
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