Remission (BOF13)

Drama | 19mins | English (UK) | 2014
“Two young men and a boy roam the overgrown English countryside, seeking to escape a deadly virus. The two men are forced to take a horrific decision after the boy’s behaviour puts them in increasing danger – but is it too late to cheat death?”

Written & Directed by: Christopher R Brown
Starring: Cai Brigden, Antony De Liseo & Teddy Nicholas

Remission unfortunately doesn’t live up to the potential. It treads very little new “post-apocalypse” ground. The promising dynamic between the three main characters doesn’t really go anywhere. There wasn’t any chemistry. The only time the screen came alive was when the elder two guys attacked the boy. The boy was under utilised. He had potential. The part was brilliantly acted and raised so many questions; which are left unanswered. As for the elder two guys, what I most liked was how their sexual relationship was based out of necessity rather than desire, as indicated by one of them basically telling the other to never speak of it again (if the world recovers). I found the ambient noise too loud and found the fact that music starts playing when they stumble across a deserted building a little too convenient and pointless, though audibly it was a sharp contrast which did work. It isn’t bad, it just doesn’t build to much or deliver a punch.

Things I Liked:
1 - Frankness of needing a sexual release
2 - Boy's performance

Things I Didn't Like:
1 - Audio
2 - Lack of tension
3 - Lack of development

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