REVIEW: Be Us
– By Stephen Harper
What’s ambitious about director Alex DiVincezo’s five minute short is that he’s decided to tell a complete narrative within its short timescale and from one individual perspective. All set in one blacked-out room, focused solely on a male who looks like a member of the military.
Played out like an interview or interrogation we hear one man’s experience of encountering the beginnings of an alien invasion. Initially being told that they come in peace to quickly establishing that it’s more a case of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers crossed with Annihilation.
It’s a simple set up and cleverly written, but its lead’s performance lacks authenticity. Starting off well to suddenly spiral, unfortunately.
The short works well for showcasing its writing, with its runtime being just right to keep the viewer engaged.