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Film Review: Hack Job (short film) (2015)

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A cyber/slasher horror short starring the very talented Emmanuel Skretas as Michael, a reclusive hacker who experiences a downward spiral of bad luck created by a wealthy and established hacker named Bava (my father, Wayne McPhee). But the “hack off” that ensues is the least of Michael’s worries, when a third party crashes the competition, leaving viewers with a sense of dread.


Another short film, this time we have HACK JOB, a tasty little bit of paranoia from Crumb Budget Productions in Canada.

Written, directed, and produced by Matthew McPhee, the film gives us a look at a day in the life of a computer hacker named Michael, played by Emmanuel Skretas.

Going about his daily whatever, Michael receives a message on his computer from a user calling himself Bava (played by two actors, Wayne McPhee and Ryan White), challenging Michael to a contest. Unable to pass up the challenge, the games begin.

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It becomes obvious from the first moment that Michael is way out his league as the anonymous challenger stumps Michael again and again. But where exactly does this game end?

Writer/director Matthew McPhee has a few other shorts to his credit, including a documentary on domesticated horses (actually, that is the title….Domesticated Horses). The cast have no other credits listed beyond this film.

This is a short film in the very literal sense, with a total run time of under five minutes. It gives us a complete story in that short time. Almost a film-making 101 example of how to make a short film. It’s straight to the point, and fun to watch.

So using my special “Short scale” of one to five, five being awesome, I’m giving this film 4 laptops.

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