Attractive young woman, Mona, retells a surreal nightmare she had. She's in her bed when a macabre man with a gun appears and tells her to enter a crate. An assembly line is taking countless crates to their doom. She looks for a way out.
A stressed-out Kafkian man called Ruben retells an embarrassing dream he had. In it, his overbearing mother takes him, naked and embarrassed, to a noirish department store to buy him clothes, a penis and a wife. He looks for a way out.
A fine piece of work by Mr. Proyas at such a young age. Being a huge Proyas fan, when I got the chance to view this film, I naturally jumped at the opportunity. Shot on 35mm and combining stop-motion with live action, this dark and disturbing piece, ventures into an alienated society where violence appears to be just another everyday occurrence.
What I really liked about this film was the mood and tone it set right off the start. A similar feeling to what Proyas would later display in films like The Crow, and Dark City. The urban society, in which these characters dwell, is a dark and depressing one. The stop-motion effect of people moving throughout the frame also adds to the strangeness of this film. Every so often cars race by, revealing only a streak of light, surging with energy. The sounds that accompany them are sharp and painful, sending a shiver down the audience's spine. Not only are the locations and lighting great, but also Proyas' choice of shots is simply magnificent. The early signs of a true master of the camera.
But despite the technical beauty of this piece, there is a story involved, as well as characters, which are both real and sympathetic. An all around successful short film as far as I'm concerned. I look forward to Mr. Proyas' new work, and will continue to stay a loyal fan, as he has inspired me very much as a filmmaker.
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