A man drifts on a piece of deadwood upon the Ocean and has no hope of rescue . Or does he ?
This comes with bit of hype that " it's trying to be clever " and after seeing FLOTSAM/JETSAM you become aware that this is exactly is exactly what it is - hype . It's not clever at all and the hype surrounding it means it's a case of a self fulfilling prophecy ie it's clever and an outstanding short film because we're told it is . But it's not
I caught this on the shortoftheweek website and you'll never see a negatively written write up on the site and I quickly learned to ignore the write ups for this very reason . I thought perhaps the audience would have been watching the same incident from the same point of view but this doesn't materialise . In effect what the write up said in so many words is that this is an intelligent short down to the fact that it's a film within a film / meta-fiction / post modernism and other hyperbole it doesn't really deserve . To be honest I actually missed this on first viewing and thought the stranded shipwreck survivor was exactly that ,- a stranded shipwreck survivor who gets rescued while being attacked by a shark . But on second viewing it's clear that he's merely an actor taking part in a film . When you have to watch a film a second time in order to understand then that can only be seen as a failure of sorts . From a technical point of view it's by no means bad and the shark does indeed look like a real life shark who'd eat you as soon as look at you but FLOTSAM/JETSAM is not nearly as clever as some people are making it out to be
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