An old man lives a lonely life under the dark shadows of industrial smog. One day he receives a mysterious package which gives him the ability to change his environment. "Delivery" is a surreal story about the change of a corrupt world. It combines a political message with individual 3D designs and a strong, emotional soundtrack. Written by
"Delivery" reminds me of a short story I read in high school. It was about a village who found a hole in the ground that had almost no end. To restore their environment, they threw all of their waste into the hole, only to realize that everything they throw in there comes right back down from the sky. In this case, however, an old man lives in an isolated area where there is nothing but his house overlooking an industrial little city. He gets a delivery from the city and in it he finds a strange box. He opens this box and discovers that it is actually a gateway to the sky above the city. So after thinking hard, he puts his hand in the box and restores the environment.
There is no telling how far filmmakers will go when they find a good idea. In this case though, the idea was good but already taken, the animation is great but minimal, and the only thing that really got my attention is the score. This is a film that sends a blatant message about the environment but offers no emphasis on the character in the story. If they were to make this character look interesting, why not then make him a little deeper? He speaks nothing, he dreams nothing, he thinks nothing. We only know that he likes to water his plants.
At the beginning of the movie, it offers no real insight as to where the delivery came from. Who sent it and why, or why it's been sent to that specific man. Surely someone from the city wouldn't want to send someone a package where they literally become God to their city. Unless of course that person happens to be some menacing maniac. This of course isn't established and as a result we as the audience choose to ignore it. Another thing I found questionable is the use of space in this movie. We feel very trapped and blocked off from the outside world, yet the man lives in a house that has nothing around it, no houses, no people, no roads.
"Delivery" is a sort of allegory about our current environment and the philosophy of what we would do if we were God. Though to me it lacks much of the drive that most animated shorts can create, it does play nicely as a very artistic expression. Like aforementioned, the animation is great and the score is brilliant. But what it does not show, it does not attempt to explain. And that's a bit weak.
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