Monday, March 30, 2015

Sundays







I know, I know, I've posted a lot of these type of things lately. What can I say, it must be short film season. Regardless, this is the last one for awhile, I promise. Maybe. We'll see.

Whatever, let's get to it.

Sundays is another proof-of-concept sci-fi short film. It's from PostPanic Pictures, directed by Mischa Rozema, and written by Rozema and Kevin Koehler. They're aiming for a full feature, of course, and it sounds like Warner Brothers is going to grant their wish. We shall see. Best of luck to them.

So what is it? 

Here's the official synopsis: The end of the world seems like a nightmare to Ben. A memory of a past life that doesn’t belong to him. When Ben starts to remember Isabelle, the only love he’s ever known, he realizes she’s missing in his life. An existential descent into confusion and the desperate need to find out the truth begins. This reality depicts a stunning, surprising and dark world. A world that is clearly not his.

Okay... well, that doesn't tell us too much...

Let's watch.



Huh...

Well, like most Proof-of-Concept trailers, this one basically delivers on some interesting visuals, but little to no story or character. There's so little, in fact, it feels a bit presumptuous of them to list anyone as the "screenwriter" really. Not to say that this short film is bad or anything--like I said: It looks great--but more so than usual, this short film seems to lack a narrative thread, so it just doesn't seem fair to lay claim to the title of screenwriter when the entire point seems to be barely connected visuals of a dystopian/oppressive society, one that may or may not be a computer simulation... Did you catch that part?

Anyway, yeah, there's definitely some cool visuals, but it all feels barely connected.

It was certainly no Leviathan, that's for sure.

Jon

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