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Payload (2011)

| Short, Drama, Sci-Fi
A family of scavengers. A corrupt spaceport. A callous matriarch. A home in the shadow of a space elevator. After a brutal attack on his father, Simon Carter must sacrifice everything to save his family.

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Stuart Willis

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Stuart Willis
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Credited cast:
Deng Abul Deng Abul ... Gate Security Guard
Ryan Beard Ryan Beard ... Aaron Henshaw
Khrob Edmonds Khrob Edmonds ... Dr. William Pratchett
Sepideh Fallah Sepideh Fallah ... Prostitute
Albert Goikhman ... TNSA Officer
Roshan Johal Roshan Johal ... Manny
Jeremy Kewley ... Head of Security
Colin Masters ... CTA Suit
Shane Nagle ... Adam Carter
Joanne Owen-Smith Joanne Owen-Smith ... Officer Kate Henshaw
Margaret Rivette Margaret Rivette ... Dave Carter
Dylan Russell Dylan Russell ... Simon Carter
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A family of scavengers. A corrupt spaceport. A callous matriarch. A home in the shadow of a space elevator. After a brutal attack on his father, Simon Carter must sacrifice everything to save his family.

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Sacrificing all for a delusive hope
6 March 2018 | by ingo_schwarzeSee all my reviews

Classical greek tragedy in the sense that Simon finds himself forced to make tough decisions to save his beloved kid brother Dave, but ultimately you wonder whether all his choices, all his bravery and moral struggles, can achieve more than modify the mode of universal destruction.

While Orwell asked in "1984" whether human beings can, alone or with a beloved partner, resist torture and state terror and preserve individual, inner sanity and humanity, Willis asks whether love is even possible, even a meaningful concept in the midst of dystopia, dehumanization, mistrust, and fear, how it may look when it tries to act, and what it can possibly change. Maybe very little?

In spite of all the callousness, brutality, and cynicism of the world painted, the story is told with minimal gore, but with very expressive, almost poetical images - from the prologue, the opening shots exposing Dave's dreams, up to Dave's exodus at the end. Definitely worth viewing, even though it may seem excessively dark to some.


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