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The Leap (2015)

London, 2084. An interstellar migration cop's fateful encounter with a young prostitute leads to a violent shot at redemption.

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... Jacob Reiss
... Jade / Erin
Katie Gunby ... Young Jade
... Head Merc
... Blue Merc
... Red Merc
Bella Saer ... Newsreader
Russell Barnett ... Commissioner Shepherd
... Freehaven Hostess (as Karima Adebibe)
Phoebe Higson ... Jade's Mother
Cameron Harris ... Officer Tuohy
Lee Ravitz ... Blind Man
Paul Michael Harrison ... Officer Evans (as Paul Harrison)
Mark Brooks ... IMPA Officer 1
James Hackney ... IMPA Officer 2
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After a long interstellar search, man has found a second home: New Earth. After the scientists, the governments, the military and the wealthy, the hopeless masses of Earth too want their chance at a new life on this emerging world of wonder and opportunity. 'Taking the Leap' in whatever way, lawfully or not, has become the dream of millions. In order to deal with illegal stowaways and human trafficking on a Biblical scale, specialized police cadres have been activated. In 22nd century London, this is the Inter-Planetary Migration Administration. Confrontations between IPMA units and the smuggling rings are merciless, if not most for those caught in the middle. Jacob Reiss is a conscientious but disillusioned IPMA detective, a veteran with 15 years of service. An encounter with a Cartel prostitute presents him with an opportunity he had given up on, a chance to save himself from a crushing secret in his past, as well as an empty future on Earth. Written by Anonymous

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Great science fiction short story
27 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Excellent writing, acting, casting, cinematography, effects makes this short SF film an excellent calling card for writer/director Karel van Bellingen. Script cleanup by Sheridan Thomas may have contributed to a very tight result. Better than most of what comes out of Hollywood, the writing reminds me a bit of some of the best SF short story authors such as Heinlein who could create highly descriptive worlds and backstories with just a word or two. For example, "clubs" run by criminal syndicates offer services that include prostitution. The very lean dialogue manages to explain this in a couple brief sentences. Other plot devices are very tidy and efficient, but then they need to be in a 30 minute piece.

It's definitely a dystopian future for the left-behinds on Earth, with a murderously-repressive yet at the same time ineffectual central government.

Casting also stood out with just the right looks and screen personalities for the roles. The bland and ineffective bureaucrat spouting broad platitudes on the telly had the right look, accent and delivery for the role.

A clever twist and lots of morality play makes this a thoughtful and fun short. It's superbly well done.


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