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A Piece of Wood (2005)

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Sergeant Hollis, a troubled young man inside a world that has been at war for sixteen years, reveals to General Cross -- his commanding officer -- that he has invented a device to do away ... See full summary »

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Sergeant Hollis, a troubled young man inside a world that has been at war for sixteen years, reveals to General Cross -- his commanding officer -- that he has invented a device to do away with the weapons of the world. Is Hollis serious, or is he delusional? If he has come up with a way to eliminate warfare, it will destroy the General's perfect world -- could that really happen? General Cross is about to find out. Based on the short story written by the great Ray Bradbury, and included in his book Long After Midnight. Written by Anonymous

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An interesting low budget sci-fi short
13 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A PIECE OF WOOD is an interesting little low budget sci-fi film lasting only about 15 minutes. There are only two actors in the film and the set is very simple, yet considering the plot this works out quite well.

As the film opens, a soldier enters his commanding officer's office about his next assignment. He is being the choice of serving on the Western or the Northern fronts in a war that has apparently been going on for 16 years. However, instead of making this decision, the young soldier talks about this strange delusion--that he has actually come up with a way to make all weapons disintegrate into piles of rust and thus ending this war. The officer, naturally, thinks the guy is crazy and when the recruit leaves, he calls the base hospital to report that the man has lost his mind...and then things get really weird! Kudos for making the most of a simple story. It is an interesting film and brings up some interesting ramifications. The only negative, and it's relatively small, is that the acting seemed a bit stiff. It wasn't bad--just not great. Still, an unusual idea well executed--this one's worth a look.


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