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Origin (I) (2010)

 -  Short | Drama | Horror  -  2010 (UK)
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A woman tries to keep her family together when her son falls ill after he's bitten by a mysterious creature.

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An ordinary family dealing with an extraordinary tragedy
18 March 2013 | by (Kent) – See all my reviews

Right from the get-go, I was sucked into Danny Stack's Origins. The moody lighting in the opening forest shots alerted me to the possibility that something wicked was potentially coming my way - 'wicked' in both the traditional and street sense of the word. I was not disappointed. Superb casting lifted this short above the norm. There was an air of quiet desperation about the characters, a surface calm belied by furious paddling underneath, as they struggled with their humdrum daily existence. There is the sense that communication between the parents is jaded, any real depth having been worn away through time, familiarity and perhaps even a little contempt. Even their teenage son seems to be no more than a shadowy adjunct, skirting along on the outside of their lives. The civilised veneer cracks, however, when the lad is bitten ostensibly by next door's dog and the parents are catapulted into really engaging not only with each other again, but with each other's basest fears and emotions. There is a pervasive hint that there is more to the story than just a simple canine nip. Firstly, it appears to have happened in the 'sinister' forest, and when the bite fails to respond to medication and the youth breaks out in an agonising and disfiguring rash, causing him to emit sounds more anima than human, that impression is heightened. (I was thinking werewolves!).

Throughout the dialogue is tense, tight and unadorned. Not a word is wasted. Yet, there is sufficient to reveal everything we need to know about the characters and the tragedy of the unfolding situation. By the end, we have had access all areas to their rawest emotions. Unashamedly, I admit I was moved almost to tears by the final scene and my heart was beating just a little too fast for comfort. Great stuff. If this is the precursor to a full-length movie, that's a ticket sold in advance.


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