(This review may contain spoilers).
When I initially saw this movie advertised, I was immediately intrigued by the concept, even though I knew it would basically be a slasher movie on a much bigger scale.
I did feel like the trailer gave away a lot of the movie’s events, as it was quite clear from the first voice’s speech that things would escalate.
Considering there were eighty employees (and therefore eighty characters) in the building, it was hard to fully connect to a handful. While it was good to see bits and pieces of some of the characters and their relationships with each other, I felt that, by the time they were locked inside the building, all I was doing was waiting for everyone to die.
It was Mike I felt primarily able to connect to on a moral level, but out of the characters I did get to know, at least a little, I thought Wendall was the one with a moral compass that was completely skewed. I really didn’t like Barry, but I did see that he showed some remorse, even if it wasn’t outright hesitation. As much as I didn’t want to, I could understand where he was coming from.
There were a lot of actors I recognised in this movie and it was interesting to see the way different people handled the crisis. This movie did have an 18 rating and that was definitely deserved.
While I could understand the amount of panic experienced by the people trapped in the building, I did think there were certain things they could have tried that didn’t seem to have occurred to them.
The atmosphere of the movie was very intense and there were moments I was waiting on the edge of my seat to see what would happen. There were some very gruesome and gory scenes in this movie, but I found it an interesting concept with some characters who I did care about… even if the majority of those just seemed to be cannon fodder.
For anyone reading this, I’d like to start a discussion. How do you think you’d react if placed in a similar situation? (You should get a read on the plot just by watching the trailer).