Sunday, September 5, 2010

Short Film Review: Worm (2010)

Ever since I've updated this blog, I've had the occasion to see short films. Speaking about Richard Powell's Worm, be sure that it manages to beat some feature films when it comes to making an introspection of its leading character.

The short film introduces us to Geoffrey Oswald Dodd (Robert Nolan), a seemingly normal High school teacher. As we spend one day with Geoffrey, we see that something is wrong with him. In fact, while he looks sane on the surface, he has rather dark thoughts in his mind. This means that there are many people around him that Geoffrey doesn't like.

At the beginning, I thought that the short was going to be extremely boring and and that it will only show Geoffrey cultivating dark thoughts just for the sake of it. However, Worm, in the end, turned out to be a clever short film. In fact, the film efficiently uses the scenes in which Geoffrey is talking and the voice-over (i.e. the voice of Geoffrey's dark thoughts). Besides, although one might think that the ending is quite obvious, director/scriptwriter Richard Powell smartly avoids any cheap shots by giving us an opened end. Obviously, the purposes of this is to reveal that talking in something and doing it is something else.

Finally, Worm should be appreciated by people who enjoy being served stories about twisted people. All in all, without using the kind of cheap plot twists you see in Hollywood films, Worm offers an interesting exploration of a person. Moreover, if this hasn't been a short film, Worm would have made a very great short story.

Rating: 4.5/5

A clip from the film "Worm" from Zach Green on Vimeo.

Origin:Canada (2010)
Length:20 minutes
Genre:Psychological thriller
Screenplay:Richard Powell
Director:Richard Powell
Starring:Robert Nolan, Samantha Nemeth and Andrea Nettleton

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