Monday, April 24, 2017


Today's short is called Escape.

The Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor is a man named Gairo Cuevas. There isn't much information on him. He's worked on a handful of his own shorts and as a P.A. for a short time on a show called G Word that I've never heard of before. He has a website for his short films called Loser Status Productions. It looks like it hasn't been updated since 2014. Escape seems to be pretty new, posted within the last year or so, so he's still active and making short films, so that's good.

Here's the synopsis: Felix receives his pair of VR sunglasses from a crowdfunding campaign, and immerses himself in a game full of mystery.

Full of mystery, you say? Let's take a look.

Well... that felt incomplete.

Now, granted, this might not totally be the Director's fault. A lot of short films have almost no budget to speak of, and are made on the fly due to the generosity of friends and family, and the ingenuity of the creators, and often times it's unavoidable that the seams show.

That being said, I think the film made a lot of bad decisions. The VR glasses were supposed to be from some crowdfunding campaign, right? Maybe having the actor mumble that info into the phone while motionless on a random bench in what appears to be an anonymous Business Park, wasn't the best way to show that? Film is a visual medium after all. Why not show the campaign? What did the site promise, and how? Why not have friends discussing it excitedly? Were there rumors that the game wasn't everything it promised? Why not show the interminable wait for the glasses to arrive? As it stands now, the entire background and set-up of this film is almost non-existent.

It feels like a two shoot with no planning and no money.

Then, the main actor guy puts on the glasses, and we're in the game, and... it just doesn't make any sense. It's just a dark room? Was that what was advertised? What is this game supposed to be? And why the trick? What was the point of the scam? Was the main actor possessed by something from the game? Why? What's the end goal? Questions, questions, questions...

The film is just too vague for the story to be satisfying in any way, and the visuals aren't strong enough to float the film, and as a result, any scares the film might have had end up come across as pretty limp.


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