Rosa, a very well-regarded sci-fi short film when it was released in 2011, is written and directed by Jesus Orellana. And at the time of release there was a lot of noise about this guy, a lot of scuttle-butt, a lot of expectations that he will soon be getting to work on some big-time Hollywood films, but as far as I can tell, in the time since, he hasn't really done too much.
Here's the synopsis: In the near future, humanity has disappeared, leaving behind a large megalopolis devoid of natural life. From the destruction awakes ROSA, a robot part of the KERNEL project, mankind's last attempt to restore the earth's ecosystem using recovered samples of long-extinct plant species. Wandering among the ruins of the lifeless city, Rosa will soon discover that she is not the only part of Kernel that has awakened.
Hmmm... as of this writing, I haven't watched this film yet, but from the way that was written, I'm going to hazard a guess that yet again we are faced with a synopsis that is stuffed with the type of details that would be better off contained within the film itself, but probably aren't... I hope not.
Let's find out...
Now, granted... I'm coming to this short film late.
It was made in 2011, and four years is a long time as far as Pop Culture trends are concerned, but even so, this seems like it was created by someone who never really engaged with the Matrix sequels in a critical way. Also, the colors palette is really awful. The film just looks muddy and ugly, and everything blends in way too much. It's often hard to tell what's even going on, and when you can see things clearly, the film suffers from the same issue of so many of these sci-fi short films...
Why is any of this happening?
I read the film's synopsis before watching it, but if I hadn't. I would've had no clue at all what was going on here. Zero clue. I mean, I get that the red-eyed leather teens really hate the cry-faced blue-eyed leather teen, but why? Personally, I assume it's because her make-up is really dumb and goth-like and she cries/bleeds flowers for some reason, but how would I know, since nothing tells me one way or another. Specifics are important, they're the meat of your story. But we get nothing. Instead, the action is obviously the point of this film, and when you can actually see what was happening, it was technically good, well choreographed, but it just went on for too long. Mix that with the fact that I had no idea who anyone was or why they were even fighting, and it all adds up to: Who cares who wins the fight? And when that happens to your story, it just doesn't matter how inventive or flashy your fight scenes are, they just end up as dull.
Too long, kind of ugly, and with no story to speak of, I'm honestly unsure why anyone was ever hyped for this particular short film in the first place.