Take Me Out

Take Me Out ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

On a technical note, Fritz Frauendorf's short film is what I would call "budgetless". You know that the budget is low before you watch the film. That's because it's self funded, not a production companys movie.

It's a 30 minute short film by an up and coming director. But calling this film low budget would be a crime.

All they had, it seems like under review; was a nice camera, a few lenses, a fluid tripod, sound equipment and lighting equipment next to some contacts and some money but most importantly they had a whole lot of passion. A whole lot.

The short is seamless on a technical level, visually pleasing to the eye and at times stimulating for the mind. Looks amazing, sounds amazing. Has characteristics. All of this is the way it is thanks to the passion of the people working on it and the experience built up by them.

How sound was used to kick the viewer into reality in the beautiful performance scene is one of my favorite parts of the short. It starts out being shot smooth, intimate. Sounds clean and soothing and beautiful until it hard cuts into a fuck-up.

I also loved the emotional release of the vast soundscape when Bruce tears his room apart. Just switches all that noise in his head to panicked breathing in a big rasier and satisfyingly smooth drop.

A critisim I have is for the main character. The actor who plays Bruce did a great job when he was really still or really active. Thrashing a room, great. Sitting on a train reflecting on your life that you want to end, great. But when mildly active Bruce was a little jumpy, felt a little too theaterical.

A critisim for the writing, this is mainly for Bruce, in dialouge. Most of it's good, expository just in the right way but feels a little unrealistic at times. I think I know Bruce, he seems a little exaggerated. But I have to add praise for the monologue at the end.

Bruce has nothing to live for anymore. He has lost everyone he cares for and the people who want to be around him are shut off. Bruce is done with people. There's no one or nothing for him around here anymore and he just decides to leave. As he reflects on his life again, he is shockingly optimistic. He starts to realise and come to terms with his own perspective, his own pessimisim.

"...every ending is an invitation for greater beginnings." he says.

As Bruce has nothing to get out of this life anymore, he gives it a premature ending. Who can be absolutely sure what's after life as they are alive? Its what he wants to explore. Bruce wants to move on from life. And he does.

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