Movie Review: ‘Tank 432’

Review by Levi White

Do you remember the last day of school before Summer break? How you kept checking the time? It always seemed to move slower when you desperately wanted to get out of there. You imagined all the fun things you were going to do during your break. Maybe you were going to go to camp or go on a hiking trip, either way you couldn’t wait to get out of there. Well, if you want to feel that torturous sensation again, may I suggest watching Tank 432.

While on a mission to transport cargo, a team of hired soldiers are terrorized by a mysterious figure. They are forced to run from this enemy until they seal themselves inside an abandoned tank. As they attempt to flee, the team discovers some information that makes them question the true intention of their mission.

Tank 432 is an independent thriller that is all concept and no context. As with most independent film, you’re taking a gamble on whether you’re going to watch something intellectually intriguing or something so horrendously boring that minutes turn into hours. Tank 432, unfortunately, is the latter. This over serious somber fest drags so heavily that the 88 minute run time feels like a 3 hour epic.

This movie is incoherent and for the most part thematically inconsistent. Director/Writer Nick Gillespie attempts to build a mystery as to what’s real and what is not. Since the writing lacks the context to fill you in on the mystery, by the time the movie starts to hint at what’s going on you’ve already lost interest.

From a technical standpoint, Tank 432 is fine. Just fine. The cinematography is serviceable but unimaginative, the direction is attentive but over thought, the editing is sharp but misguided, and the acting is so forgettable that it doesn’t seem worth mentioning. Gillespie tries to create a realistic atmosphere by toning down spectacle and ramping up character paranoia. But, with an underwritten script, audiences will fail to empathize with the characters and their dilemmas.

Don’t be surprised when you realize that you’ve been checking Instagram and Facebook by the 10 minute mark. It’s not your fault, you shouldn’t feel any guilt. The movie is simply boring.

This is only Gillespie’s second attempt at a feature length film, so it’s not like this is it for him. He obviously had some sort of vision for this movie. He just needs to invest as much time in the context as he does the concept.

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