Death Row the Tournament (1998)

  |  Action, Short, Sci-Fi


In the near future, Death Row Inmates are afforded the opportunity to fight in a televised tournament to the death.


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29 July 2003 | adrenokrome
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| 12 minute adrenaline ride of kinetic violence with a moral undertone that plays deftly with the shadow it casts
Over the last 20 years, there have been many attempts to satirise the current state of today's de-sensitised generation. Films based around the machinations of a corporate and society driven sickness are usually cast aside with humour that the possibility is too grotesque. Death Row the tournament is a featurette of sorts that re-iterates that we do live in an increasingly de-sensitised environment and breathes a pleasant hollywoodesque formula into the equation. As a short film, its a 12 minute adrenaline ride of kinetic violence with a moral undertone that plays deftly with the shadow it casts. The director's narrative and eye for detail (example - when guns are fired, the violence is re-iterated in the cannon like sound - not seen in much work since John Woo's early days and Ridley Scott's Bladerunner and Black Rain) work at a swift pace that works well with the genre. I look forward to seeing some higher budget longer features from Mr Johnson.

The camera work and editing are slick and are given a reality feel to them which works well with theme. The only drawback is the fact that it is only 12 mins long and the actors do not get a chance to shine. The lead looks to be a potential candidate for a new action hero on his abilities alone.

Please note that this is a short film - which is a shame, cos it has the makings and idea to be a big hit if people saw a longer product (all merits remaining equal).

Best indie short I've seen in a long time!

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Genres

Action | Short | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

June 1998

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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