Sometimes, it takes less than 2 hour film to make you sit down and think. ''Guilt'', a short film, barely 5 minutes long, does just that. It marks the debut of a talented young film-maker who leaves no stone unturned to show his expertise. Abdulrahman Madani picks an interesting subject and presents it in an intriguing manner, which will leave you thinking. It's topical and will easily connect with many Muslims out there. How many times have you heard The Call of Prayer and decided to turn a deaf ear to it? Especially for the morning prayers? I'm guilty of it. And Abdulrahman Madani picks on that guilt to send out a strong message. He gives the the film a sombre look and brilliantly builds up the suspense. The introduction and climax, especially, leave a strong impact. Made on a modest budget, the cinematography is effective, although the abrupt visual effects don't really work. The background score suits the mood of the film, and the acting by Abdulrahman Al Emadi is commendable. The best thing about ''Guilt'' is that it manages to pack enough substance in those 5 minutes, while playing with your conscience and making you reflect on your deeds.
I'm going with 4 stars for Abdulrahman Madani's debut film. Recommended!
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