Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mouse-X






Today I've got a short film by Writer/Director Justin Tagg. It's called Mouse-X. It's about 15 minutes long, so clear a little time in your schedule. Hopefully it will be worth it.

Here's the synopsis: A man named Anderson wakes in a building with no idea where he is or how he got there. He slowly discovers that in each of the rooms are a thousand clones of himself, all of whom woke into the same mysterious scenario. To escape he needs to outwit his 'selves' whilst overcoming the realisation that he is not the only Anderson...

Boy... been there, amirite?

Let's check it out...



That was fun.

So, in the end, the film turns out to be your basic moebius loop sci-fi mystery with a heavy--but not too suffocating--Dark City feel. The simple set-up brings you up to speed on the rules quick enough and establishes the stakes so that the ending has the proper impact. I liked the end, it wasn't all that surprising really, once the film got underway, but sometimes all you've really got is the "Last Shot" punch when it comes to short films. They're just too short, y'know? I would have liked to have gotten a glimpse of who it was exactly that pulled him off the big air-bag. Was it more of him? Or was it someone else? That might have given a bit more closure to the set-up's whole mystery, maybe.

But all in all, it was pretty well done.

I really appreciate the small budget sci-fi projects that know they're a small budget sci-fi project and don't try to over-reach, y'know? Nothing kills a film dead quicker than when the seams are showing simply because they don't have the money, the lighting, or the talent to pull off their big space epic. Small first, people, big later. Write that shit down.


Not bad,
Jon

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