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The Warden (2007)

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One night, after escorting yet another prisoner to the electric chair, Warden Harrell finds that one of his Death Row inmates is missing. After the inmate appears, he attacks the Warden, ... See full summary »

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One night, after escorting yet another prisoner to the electric chair, Warden Harrell finds that one of his Death Row inmates is missing. After the inmate appears, he attacks the Warden, frees the other prisoners and starts a riot. The Warden wakes to find that just he and one other prisoner, Elliot, remain. Upon this discovery, Warden Harrell takes Elliot with him as he searches the prison for any other "sign of life". As they walk through the prison, the only other person they find is the man the warden saw being executed the previous night. Together they realize the only possible explanation; they didn't survive the riot. Trapped inside the prison, the two men contemplate what they believe heaven to be like and reminisce about their happiest memories. While reminiscing, they become separated and find themselves at the brink of reliving those cherished events. Written by Barry Mottier

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One ordinary night turns out to be anything but...
2 September 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It's been two years since I was blessed enough to be granted witness to this masterpiece of cinematic achievement. A truly mesmerizing and haunting vision of missed opportunities, shared experiences and time lost. Excuse me while I wipe the mist from my eyes. When I saw this movie, and when I think of it now, I am filled with excitement at the prospect of the bright future careers of the maniacally brilliant film-makers who brought The Warden to life. Ryan Finn directs in what feels like a symbiotic manner with his actors. Everything feels so fluid, it's as if he's working through them without them even knowing it. Has there ever truly been a director whom we could say this about? I don't think so. Then there's the screenplay penned by young up and coming scribe Barry Mottier. A screenplay that deserves its own special place in cinematic lore for it's enchanting and consuming mysterious plot that grabs hold of you from frame one and doesn't let go until years after the final frame has graced your viewing device.

I couldn't recommend this film higher. It is the Citizen Kane of shorts.

I would pay $16,000 for a copy of my own.


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