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Explosions (2012)

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Explosions; a silent film set to a piece of classical music, observes an ethereal happening, as the inhabitants of a semi-industrial suburb inexplicably float into the night sky. After ... See full summary »

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Explosions; a silent film set to a piece of classical music, observes an ethereal happening, as the inhabitants of a semi-industrial suburb inexplicably float into the night sky. After failing to save her boyfriend from this loss of gravity, a girl struggles to escape the phenomena. Written by Anonymous

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The atmosphere and look is the all, but it does it very well
2 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There is something in here about the rapture if you want it, but for me it is less specific than this and instead is just generally about death. We see people floating up and then transforming into balls of light, with no trace left. As the film draws to a close, the woman who we have followed trying to escape this fate, dips her head and with noticeable calmness prepares for her next step. This is the whole film but it is much better than I have just suggested because it really doesn't seem too worried about explaining everything to the viewer.

Instead it is about the atmosphere of the film and in this regard Frey does deliver because the film is quite a touching experience even though it is delivered without words and entirely through music and images. I don't do the rest of the crew a disservice by naming Frey in particular, because this was clearly an effort on his part since the credits list his name frequently, from director, edited, composer, producer, visual effects and I guess he probably made the tea at some point too. The end result is a rather beautiful although what you take from it is really up to you since the film offers no meaning, no reason – not even an indication if the people are panicking, in pain or anything. Instead we have the music gradually build in a way I found engaging and matching the beauty of the idea. Personally I see the burst to be death and I was touched by the woman's acceptance of it without fear at the end and I also liked the way the film came to the ground rather than making her specifics a big deal at the end.

Frey has done a very nice job here and the result is a short film that is very much about atmosphere and feelings over content and narrative, and that it is quite beautiful to see and hear is proof that the approach has worked in this instance.


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