REVIEW: BUNKER 6 / CERT: TBA / DIRECTOR: GREG JACKSON / SCREENPLAY: GREG JACKSON / STARRING: ANDREA LEE NORWOOD, MOLLY DUNSWORTH, JIM FOWLER, GLEN MATTHEWS, SHELLEY THOMPSON, DANIEL LILLFORD, SOPHIE ELLIOTT, GLENN LEFCHAK, GENEVIÈVE STEELE / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
It's 1962 and the USA has just been nuked by Russia. A military man takes his wife and daughter to a secret bunker to escape the fallout. A tragic accident separates the little girl from her parents, and she is trapped in Bunker 6 where a kind janitor looks after her. A decade passes and the girl, Grace (Norwood), longs for the day she and the few remaining survivors in the bunker with her can go outside again.
But that doesn't seem to be happening any time soon with radiation levels still at a dangerous level. To make things worse, people are slowly going crazy. Or are they? There's a murderer on the loose, Grace swears she's heard a voice on the radio but no one believes her, and they're running out of power.
Elements of the story lack originality but this low-budget sci-fi thriller is a slow burner which keeps you watching and wondering what will happen next. It's enjoyable and tense, and the claustrophobic setting works well. The only drawback is you long for some gore or action – which happen all too briefly – and (much like the characters themselves) a glimpse of the outside post-nuclear world.
However, this is a well-made film with a good turn from star Norwood and it's a promising debut from director/writer Greg Jackson.
Expected Rating: 7 out of 10