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Firebase (2017)

Not Rated | | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 June 2017 (USA)
While fighting the Vietnam war, both sides face a new kind of threat that neither of them were prepared for.


Neill Blomkamp


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Cast overview:
Steve Boyle ... Sgt. Hines
Nic Rhind ... Jacob Palmer
Robert Hobbs ... Sgt. Carr
Chris William Martin ... Maj. Brickerson
Tyler Johnston ... Sgt. Bracken
Carlo Yu ... River God
Pat Mastroianni ... Dr. Bonham
Than Thao Nguyen Than Thao Nguyen ... Vietnamese Woman
Nicole Goliath Nicole Goliath ... River God Wife
Richard Simpson Richard Simpson ... Door Gunner


While the senseless war rages on in the lush and pathless rainforests of Vietnam, the frail bounds between reality and pure fiction warp, as a battle-scarred platoon of American G.I.s find themselves up against an invisible and well-prepared adversary. Witnesses claim that the lethal foe is lurking in the gloomy woods, taking down the men one by one. What horror have the soldiers encountered? Written by Nick Riganas

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Release Date:

28 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Опорный пункт See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Production Co:

Oats Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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An attempt was made by Oats Studios to crowdfund a feature length version, but was canceled after failing to raise enough money. See more »

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"This world is not our permanent world; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. (Hebrews 13:14)" See more »

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Stylish and interesting, but without enough flesh on its bones (pardon the pun)
15 July 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

As a fan of short films, and someone who wishes that more people would realize that Vimeo, YouTube, and sites like Short of the Week, all combine to provide lots of entertaining and creative things to watch, it was good to see Neill Blomkamp's new endeavor striking out into this media. Also to see them trying something new by making the film's assets available to those that buy the films. With this being the goal, it is essentially a form of proof-of-concept, which means that (like many of these) the films are not fully-contained pieces that deliver everything you may want.

Firebase is of this ilk. At its heart it has a terrific creature in the River God. The root of the creature suggests something more than a Predator style foe, but at the same time the power and destruction is on an impressive scale. Visually and design-wise, there was a lot to like in this element of the film. Around it though, it struggles to put a lot of exposition – which asks more than the actors can deliver in terms of keeping it natural and engaging. Additionally the rest of the film is a tad too generic, and does feel like a cut- scene from Call of Duty Black Ops (again something that the cast can't help with as they deliver rather generic characters). It still is well worth seeing however, with plenty of action and style in the delivery; but it never stops being generic, and the potential in the main character/monster remains just that throughout.

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