Who Dares to look Inside?
DIRECTED BY RAY SPIVEY/2023
Storage Locker is a film that delves into the world of rare comic book collectors, using the backdrop of this niche hobby to tell the story of Packer Stanley, portrayed by Avery Mayo, who finds a place in this peculiar community and becoming close to two mysterious, beautiful women after his engagement falls apart. While the film has its moments, it unfortunately comes across as an unfinished draft rather than a polished product.
One of the most glaring issues with Storage Locker is its runtime, which clocks in at nearly two hours. Many scenes feel overly long and could benefit from significant trimming. This excessiveness makes the viewing experience feel tedious and drawn out, as if the film lacks a clear sense of pacing.
The performances from the cast, while not entirely lacking in potential, often come across as awkward and void of chemistry. It’s evident that the actors are doing their best, but the dialogue and blocking frequently feel forced and stilted, making it difficult for viewers to fully engage with the characters and their stories.
One aspect where Storage Locker shows promise is its visual effects, especially considering its low-budget origins. Some moments feature decent effects work, and with more faith in these elements, the film could have elevated its storytelling. However, the director’s constant use of abrupt cuts and frustrating black screens during violent scenes detracts from the impact of these moments, leaving viewers frustrated rather than intrigued.
The film’s subplots, while potentially interesting on paper, become muddled and confusing in execution. Rather than adding depth to the narrative, they only contribute to the sense of disarray. It’s clear that the script had potential, but it needed more refinement and a stronger sense of direction to succeed.
Utlimately Storage Locker is a film that had the makings of an intriguing exploration of the world of comic book collectors and the solace one can find in unusual places. Unfortunately, it falls short due to its bloated runtime, awkward performances, and disjointed storytelling. If this was the assembly cut, I could definitely see it tightened to a more efficient 80 minute film. And while it does have some redeeming qualities, they are overshadowed by the film’s overall lack of cohesion and polish.