Made entirely by one man, Sean Ian’s 15-minute post-apocalyptic short 2125 sees him as a producer, writer, director, cinematographer, editor and actor. Shot on an iPhone as a digital diary, the film, driven by his monologues, focuses on the struggles of a man stuck in a town with disappearing people, and a disappeared wife.
Although with its share of flaws, the film boasts of two adorable dogs, and they form some of the finer moments of the film. Over 15 minutes, the story is told by Daniel, played by Ian, who struggles to cope with the loss of a familiar world. In the new normal, there is no available method of communication, no neighbours, and no food. Daniel survives by hunting, his mind always on his wife, possibly as a way to have purpose in a dead world. Despite being monotonous and rather snail-paced, one might find painful relatability in Daniel’s isolation, as well as some comic fodder in seeing him hunt.
While cinematography (co-cinematographer Robia Deville), direction and story could do with many improvements, of all his creative roles, Ian performs best as an actor. He is believable and it is easy to relate with his alternating panic and numbness.
You will be desperate for the story to come to an end, especially because it looks not much different than the world’s current state. When you do, there will be sweet release in finding that while there are similarities, we are not doing as bad as Daniel.
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2125: Painfully Timely, With A Side Of Pupper
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