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Film Review: Box (short film) (2018)

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More short films, kiddies! Today we have BOX, written by Bob Hacdem and Lee Thongkham, directed by Lee Thongkham.

Our story stars Jimmy Dempster as a guy having a pretty bad day. He wakes up in the back of a car to find a stranger wearing a mask driving. Said stranger, of course, attacks him and he kills him in self defense.

Once in the safety of his home, our hero finds a large box on his front porch. That’s where it all gets even worse for him.

Mr. Dempster is an upcoming film actor and stuntman who really shines in this film. There isn’t much dialogue beyond a disembodied voice that speaks to him throughout the story. So he has to carry the emotion of the character through physical acting and facial expression alone. This is a difficult task for any actor, but he pulls it off successfully. For a guy who only started his acting career as a film extra in 2012, he seems to have what it takes to do a lot more.

For a good chunk of the film, I admit to being a bit confused. I didn’t understand some of the character’s actions, or why there were flashback sequences not relating to the attack in the car. It all seemed very disjointed and I kept wondering what I was looking at, but by the end of the film everything makes sense.

I won’t give any spoilers, but the end of the film really does explain everything. You just have to hang on and get there. Overall, its an interesting short.

So using my special short scale of one to five, five being awesome, I’m giving this film 4 boxes.

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