Warehouse Films

Everyday, we at Breakaway Staffing place our associates in positions in all areas of the Transportation and Logistics industry. One of the environments we often find ourselves and our associates in is the warehouse/distribution centre.

In a fun instance of art imitating life (to a certain extent) we put together a list of films in which one or more of the characters works in a warehouse, distribution centre, or factory environment. Hopefully there will be a few gems in this list that you can check out!

Our favourite warehouse films:

The Voices (2014)

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Ryan Reynolds stars in this comedic horror film released last year. He plays Jerry, a warehouse worker that suffers from hallucinations causing him to believe his cat and dog can speak to him, among other life altering perceptions. When his coworker stands him up for a date a series of events lead to Jerry committing an unspeakable act, and then a few more, due to his evil cat’s influence. This film excels as a very dark comedy and is at its best when we are able to see Jerry’s version of his world alongside other character’s versions. With a supporting cast including Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick this film is a must see if you are a fan of horror OR comedy.

The Machinist (2004)

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Also known as the movie where Christian Bale lost a ton of weight. In this film from 2004, Christian Bale plays Trevor, a factory worker suffering from extreme insomnia. Trevor’s lack of sleep takes a huge toll on his life and has him questioning what is real and what is just in his head. We don’t want to spoil too much (this film works best if you know very little going into it) just know it’s an excellent drama, Bale is wonderful as the lead character, and you should go watch it right now!

Les Miserables (2012)

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This famous musical spawned its most recent movie adaptation in 2012. This sung-through musical (all dialogue is sung) is a film adaptation of the stage musical, a recreation if the novel by Victor Hugo.The film is set in 1800s France and spans decades following the lives of individuals as they battle past demons and future enemies. The story follows Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a man on the run from Police Officer Javert (Russell Crowe), Fantine (Anne Hathaway), a woman fired from her factory job and forced into prostitution in an attempt to make a living, including paying for her daughter (Cosette, played by Amanda Seyfried) to be in the care of the Thenardiers (played by Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen). Before Fantine is fired from her job she works in a factory with Jean Valjean. Through a series of events Valjean takes Fantine’s daughter into his care and together they go on a journey of love, honour and revolution.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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This beloved classic film, an adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl, ¬†follows Charlie Bucket, a kid from a poor family, that finds a golden ticket in his candy bar. This golden ticket is part of a contest run by Willy Wonka allowing a few select children from around the world and one of their family members to go on a tour of the famous Wonka chocolate factory. This tour leads to huge revelations and changes Charlie’s life forever.

Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night) (2014)

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This 2014 film stars Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a warehouse worker fighting for her job back. Sandra was on leave due to a personal breakdown and during her absence her employer discovered they were able to get the same amount of work done without her role filled. When Sandra comes back to reclaim her job she finds out that her coworkers have been offered a bonus of $1000 each if they agree keep her role vacant. The only way she can get her job back is if her 16 coworkers agree to give up their $1000 bonus and vote to allow her to return to work. Sandra learns that the vote to keep or dismiss her will be held on Monday morning so she has the weekend to convince each of her coworkers that her job is worth more than the money they each really need.