Award winning short film director Ian Clark (Jenny And The Worm) and stars Alex Reid (Misfits; The Descent 1 and 2), Aneurin Barnard (Elfie Hopkins; Citadel), Steve Evets (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Five Days; Looking For Eric), Oliver Coleman (Casualty; The Other Boleyn Girl) and Skye Lourie (The Pillars Of The Earth).
Seven volunteers – students Carmen, Arif and Adam, office temp Joni, journalist Katie, estate agent Jerome and unemployed Derek – arrive at the remote Limebrook Medical Clinic to take part in a clinical trial run by ProSyntrex Pharmaceuticals. In exchange for a fee of £2,000 these human “guinea pigs” have agreed to spend two weeks in isolation testing an experimental new drug known only as Pro9. After settling into the facility, each participant is given a first injection and, following a group dinner, sent to bed. But shortly after dark, the group is woken by the harrowing screams of one of their number. Soon, each volunteer begins to succumb to the terrifying and previously unknown effects of Pro9 during a never-ending night fraught with horror, madness, violence and death.
So the film begins in the usual fashion with character introduction being key, the group of trial subjects are in the clinic being briefed on the clinical trials that they are about to partake in. The usual cliche horror of cute girls paired with an older mature woman, an air headed jock type male, A cheeky young tearaway along with an older wiser man and a younger male who is scared to death of the whole process. Apart from the cliche ensemble of the cast its not hard to connect with each character as the acting is good throughout.
As one by one each person starts noticing side effects of the drug the story dwells deeper into physical effects as well as the psychological effects of the drug. One person has already been driven crazy by the drug with severe consequences, another has disappeared after running into the ward covered in blood and the young girl is ill. The tension build up throughout the film is superb my heart was racing, expecting things to happen at every turn as thou I’d just volunteered myself for a trial of adrenaline!
With the tension built up to a high standard I would of thought the pay out would equal the tension, it turns out I was wrong. With no moments that stand out or make you jump on top of minimal action during the film it just seems to fall short of being anything spectacular.
The film however closed with a nice touch, simplistic even but not over-done. A very nice closing end to the movie and I’d recommend this film to anyone, a non jumpy or scary film but a great tension thrill ride all the same!