The Tank (2023) Review

An effective one time watch


The Tank has some creepy moments and the practical effects used for the creatures were expertly done. it takes too long for anything exciting to happen so it’s not really something I’d watch again.

Plot: After mysteriously inheriting an abandoned coastal property, Ben and his family accidentally unleash an ancient, long-dormant creature that terrorized the entire region-including his own ancestors-for generations.

Review: The Tank is an entertaining creature feature that uses some fantastic practical effects to help bring some particularly hideous monsters to life. I’m all for building up atmosphere however, it takes a little too long before anything especially interesting happens (47 minutes in to be precise) and considering the film is just over 90 minutes long there could have been a few more kills thrown in to make it more enticing.

The performances are solid all around with Luciane Buchanan and Matt Whelan making for appealing leads with a young daughter who is also sympathetic.

The film starts off with the family owning a pet store and struggling to get by but Ben (Whelan) receives word that there is an old house left in his name, so the family decide to go and investigate. When they arrive the place is rather dilapidated but that’s the least of their problems as something inhuman is living in the water tank outside the house and it’s been left alone for far too long.

Despite being a little slow to get going I did enjoy the build up and the music score was especially effective at creating a feeling of dread.

Like I said, the creatures looked awesome and it’s great to still see practical effects put to such excellent use.

There isn’t much in the way of action until the finale which takes place in the tank with the family facing off against the creatures with any weapons they can find at their disposal.

Overall, The Tank is an effective creature feature with a few gory moments but nothing too graphic and frankly it could have done with a few more to keep the pacing a little tighter. Still, it’s an easy watch with decent performances and it’s filled with a creepy atmosphere, so it’s worth a one time watch at least.