Although very different from most of the
films that I review here, Ryan Jafri has created an excellent short
dramatic thriller with The Cure. The quality of the
filming was impressive. The shot composition, the lighting, the
editing and even the lettering were all extremely well crafted.
Mollie Weeks portrayal of the lead character was definitely
believable. With the run time of the short being only around 7
minutes, the pacing is very well rounded. The presentation and
even the cover art are all so professionally done that it really looks
like more money was put into the film than actually was. The
entire piece comes out feeling like it could have been a specially
released music video for a band with an artistic eye. However, the
music itself was a bit distracting in it's redundancy and
randomness. I guess if you're a big fan of the guys who played
rhythm guitar for the 90s shred guitarists, you might love the music,
but it felt seriously inappropriate for this piece. Also, the narration
didn't sound quite as professional as all of the visual elements.
Aside from the audio, The Cure is an excellent short film.
I would love to see what Jafri does next.
rating: 1 out of 5 (I
was not expecting gore in this one, but there was a bit of splatter at
the end. Excellent!)
0 out of 5
(It could have easily had
artsy nudity, unfortunately it didn't)