Friday, November 7, 2014

PLUG





Today's short film is called PLUG, and it's the directorial debut of David Levy. Before this, David worked as a designer and a concept artist for films like Tron Legacy, Prometheus, Ender's Game, and even the up-coming Tomorrowland and Avatar2. This is an impressive resume, folks, because let me tell you, if there's one good thing I can say about all of those films (or expect to be able to say), it's this: At least they all looked really good.

So there's that possible plus in PLUG's favor.

But here's the thing that really grabbed my interest for this film, and that is that it is described as "a return to 1970's classics like Star Wars and Mad Max with a gritty universe made from mostly live props and real life settings." I really like the sound of that. I've been saying it for a long time now: CGI Ruins Movies. Not simply because it exists, of course, more so due to the over-reliance modern Hollywood has for what should be just one film-making tool among many. I'm all about the Practical Effects, my friends, with a little bit of CGI added in to smooth out the rough spots, but I digress...

Here's the synopsis:

"On a post-apocalyptic Earth, Leila Dawn (NatalieFloyd), is the only human survivor. Raised by Robots after humanity abandoned the planet they destroyed with nuclear warfare, Leila cannot forget her parents nor ignore her yearning to find other organic life. A hunt she sets out on with a Military Unit, Marker (Lex Cassar), leads Leila to discover the reality she’s been denied—a reality that sparks her ultimate quest."

Let's check it out...


Okay, so the dialogue/story really needs a bit more work, but hey, it looked good...

A little over-lit, maybe... but still good. Apparently this is just the extremely hopeful first 15 minutes of a possible TV Pilot, so that can probably explain away some of the more awkward big jumps/weird editing moments, otherwise--unsurprisingly bargain-basement acting aside--it wasn't too bad. The opening world set-up was done really well, succinct but still pretty explanatory, for the most part. The costumes are great. The proliferation of the humanoid robots should probably be explained a little more, at least be shown in the background of the opening crawl. I mean, where they built for this apocalypse? If not, what were they before? Soldiers? Domestics? Actually, what are they now? Janitors? Do they have a purpose, or are they just... loose in the world? Where the hell did they all come from? But maybe these questions would be answered if this ever became a real TV show... hopefully.

There was one thing that happened that I really fucking hate, and that's when characters try to shot their weapon, nothing happens, so they shake it once or twice and then just hurl it aside... What the fuck is that? I mean, guns can't be easy to come by. What if it's just out of ammo? What if just one part is broken? Don't just throw it away, you might be able to fix it later.

Drives me crazy.

Anyway, other than that, not bad,
Jon

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