Blu-ray Review: TANK 432

From executive producer Ben Wheatley, TANK 432 was written and directed by Nick Gillespie and stars Rupert EvansMichael Smiley, Steve Garry, Deirdre Mullins, Michael Smiley, April Pearson, Gordon Kennedy and Tom Meeten.

Under siege by a mysterious enemy in an apocalyptic, war-torn landscape, a band of mercenary soldiers, hooded hostages in tow, seek refuge inside an abandoned military tank. But their sanctuary soon reveals itself to be a steel-walled prison. As the group succumbs to claustrophobia, paranoia, and increasingly disturbing delusions, it becomes clear that the real threat may lie not outside, but within. The directorial debut from longtime Wheatley collaborator Nick Gillespie unfolds like a delirious, pulse-pounding puzzle.

Tank 432 (fka Belly of the Bulldog) follows this small group of soldiers who take refuge in an old abandoned military tank because something or someone appears to be after them. The soldiers also happen to have a few prisoners in their possession and none of them really knows how they get there – soldiers or prisoners. Claustrophobia, hallucinating and delirium set up within the ranks of the group after they accidentally get locked inside the tank while the antagonist taunts them from the outside. As the movie plays out into its final moments everything is finally revealed as to what is exactly is going with these soldiers and this mysterious enemy that has been after them.

Okay, I really liked the story for Tank 432 and the scary thing is, is the fact that it’s something that could actually happen so there’s nothing over-the-top about what’s going on here. I thought Nick Gillespie did a really good job telling the story and bringing it all to life and his cast did a great job as well. To me the most impressive part about the movie was the fact that the majority of it takes place in the confined setting inside this old tank and there’s not a lot of room in this thing either. They are all locked inside with no food or water, it gets hot, people get sick, and of course a person eventually has to go to the bathroom. Oh and they didn’t leave anything out! The movie is more of a psychological-thriller that stays focused on its story than anything else so the special effects are kept to a minimum but what we do get looks impressive and super creepy.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had been following Tank 432 for quite while and finally getting to watch it I can say that it had its good points and bad points about it. Even though the movie is kind of a slow burn, it’s still a pretty cool watch from Nick Gillespie and company that definitely has it’s own unique eeriness about it. It’s a militarized psycho-thriller that’s all about the mental psyche, claustrophobia and stamina. By the way, if you suffer from claustrophobia then this one is going to really get under your skin! I’m not sure how big of a role Ben Wheatley had as executive producer but having his name attached to the movie will definitely help it get some added attention. Tank 432 is now available on Blu-ray and if you’re looking for something new to watch then here you go.

Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: Unfortunately the only thing we get as far as extras go is the trailer.

  • Trailer (01:27)



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