In a dystopian Los Angeles future, retirement engineer John Kampff hunts down suspected Replicant Andy Smith. As John soon learns, Replicant detection is nearly impossible without specialist equipment.
In a dystopian Los Angeles future, replicants or genetically engineered humanoids are created to work forced labour on off-world colonies. The latest generation, the Nexus 3 series, begins to display erratic and violent behaviour. Replicants were not designed to experience complex emotions or develop long-term memories. In the wake of corporate scandals of the previous decade, the Tyrell Corporation quietly attempts to remove Nexus 3 from circulation. John Kampff (Sean Cameron Michael), a senior engineer, heads up the Tyrell Retirement Division. With the primary objectives, detect and remove Replicants, John has suspected Nexus 3 Andy Smith (Russel Savadier) firmly in his sights. As John soon learns, Replicant detection is nearly impossible without specialist equipment. The Voight-Kampff, a polygraph-like machine used by retirement engineers to help in the testing of an individual to learn if they are a replicant, is a distant thought in John Kampff's mind.Written by
Christopher Grant Harvey
If you liked Blade Runner, you'll almost certainly like this short film
With a $1,500 budget and very little experience, director Christopher Grant Harvey produced an 11-minute scene that is easily on par with many of the scenes found in big-budget blockbusters. It helps a great deal that the actors were professionals -- the performance by Russel Savadier as the janitor is particularly critical to the success of the final result. Even so, this indie short is a testament to what can be done with little more than a great story idea and modern filmmaking equipment. If you liked Blade Runner, it's a safe bet that you'll like Tears in the Rain.
If any producers are reading this review, I'd like to add that if a film comes out with "Christopher Grant Harvey" in the credits, I plan to watch it unless something is horribly wrong otherwise. I don't have any connection to the film or the filmmaker, it's just that I enjoyed seeing something in the Blade Runner universe so much that I want to see what the director comes up with next -- even if it's not related to science fiction.
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