The Tank

Featured In Issue 267, May/June 2023

WSR Score3.5
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In "The Tank," after unexpectedly inheriting a mysteriously abandoned coastal property, Ben (Matthew Whelan) packs up his family (Luciane Buchanan and Regina Heemann) and travels to explore the place, bewildered about why his mother had never mentioned its existence. However, her reason for secrecy soon becomes clear when the family accidentally frees the ancient, long-dormant creatures that had terrorized the entire region for generations––including Ben's own parents. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the behind-the-scenes featurettes "A Look Into The Tank" (HD 03:25) and "Making The Creature" (HD 05:21) and trailer.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Sony CineAlta Venice camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits naturalness throughout with a realistic color palette. Hues appear slightly desaturated under the shadowy dark environment of the house. Flashbacks are tinted greenish. Flesh tones appear natural. Contrast is realistic with generally dark shadowy environments exhibiting effective highlights just enough to make-out objects and features. Black levels appear realistic as well. Resolution is good with fine detail exhibited in closeups of human features, creatures' features and object texture. This is an effectively crafted visual experience that delivers the scares. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic with an effective deep bass foundation throughout and in the music that supports the terror. Atmospherics are creepy and sound effects include door poundings and other disturbances, as well as thunder and rain. The creature sonics are growl-like. Foley sound effects are realistic and well synced with picture. The orchestral music is haunting and occupies a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds. Surround energy in general is quite effective. Dialogue is well integrated spatially. This is a nicely crafted scary movie. (Gary Reber)