A desperate young man possessing special powers clashes with a militarized police force after committing a petty crime.

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A desperate young man possessing special powers clashes with a militarized police force after committing a petty crime. Based on the short film.

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In an alternate reality, 4% of the world's population is born with special abilities. Most of these "specials" live under poverty line. Taylor, a "special" living way under the poverty line takes different construction jobs in order to support his family. One day after work, over payment issues, Taylor intentionally damages his employer's property. The police goes after Taylor and his friend, and just when the police is about to arrest Taylor, a fight erupts. Written by DStroke01

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Solid sci-fi
18 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This short is apparently part of a fund raising effort to make a bigger project, although as 'proof of concept' films go, this one at least delivers within its time. Instead of playing like a trailer, this plays out like a contained episode in a bigger story, so while it does offer more, it is also a good standalone snapshot of this world. Taking the world of Heroes and making them an oppressed minority, we see the exploitation of powers rather than the dominance – which is already a nice twist on the norm. From here it plays out into a dramatic scene which ends open, but is still satisfying.

The use of effects is in support of the world, and is nicely integrated into the actual film – rather than being the film, as is often the case with this type of thing. The performances are good throughout; I confess I have no clue who Amell is, or the family name, but he is a good lead here. Also Kang (better known and Fast and Furious' Han) was a surprise find.

Overall a solidly enjoyable sci-fi which creates an engaging world and plays out a satisfying scenario. Still a 'proof of concept' perhaps, but a good one.


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