Confusion Through Sand
A nineteen year old finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.A nineteen year old finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.A nineteen year old finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.
For me it had the opposite effect, because I saw it as the thing that the film does very well. Set in an urban environment somewhere in the Middle East, a young Marine finds himself isolated and under attack in a dust storm. This is delivered in rapidly moving animation which does a very good job of putting the viewer into the middle of the scene with limited narrative or visual information. With this we have very good sound design, which plays with the horrific and the disorientating to draw a reaction from the viewer; for me wearing headphones and watching in a darkened room, it worked very well and there is a tangible feeling of being at risk, frightened and not sure what is going on.
As a story, it is perhaps limited, and the writing perhaps relies a bit too much on situations which will be familiar from other "war is hell" stories, however to be fair to the short, it is not really about delivering a narrative but rather doing the opposite, and making the viewer feel that lack of context but yet presence of urgency. This it does very well thanks to the animation but also the sound work.
- bob the moo
- Feb 14, 2015