Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Zoe Daelman Chlanda
Robb Leigh Davis
What's it about
Contact is an 11-minute black and white short about the dangers of drug abuse and the disappointing of parents.
Is it good movie?
Iím always game for short films. I think itís an undervalued medium that always gets pushed to the back of the cinematic genre, but itís understandable. There just isnít a large audience out there, and shorts always end up acting like a demo reel to show off what a director can do. In a perfect world, the short film should function and be respected like the short story. But thatís in a perfect world.
So hereís Jeremiah Kippís Contact, a nice, trim story thatís heavy on the music and light on the dialogue. The brief tale centers a couple (one a good girl, one a bad boy) who venture into the seedy underground for crack. They end up scoring from a fashion designer drug dealer (at least he looks that way) and they go back to his player apartment to light up. Meanwhile, the girl, who actually looks about 35, has disappointed her parents by standing them up for dinner. The camera shows this with three set plates, but only two people at the table. So sad. The best part of the short film comes when it dives slightly into horror. The woman starts to trip off the crack, and she sees her and her loverís mouths melted together. When she pulls back, their mouths stretch and look like something from Beatlejuice. Itís a powerful moment and something that doesn't exactly make drugs look all that fun.
While itís beautifully shot, Contact really doesnít offer anything new to say about drugs. They drag down the good natured, and the people who score are bad. Great. I enjoyed what I saw and the thing looked great, but I walked away without any sort of impact being made. And thatís the very thing that no one, whether it be short film, short story, novel, or film, wants to happen. However, it is a short, which is designed to highlight the director's skills. And it did just that.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear 16x9 Widescreen presentation in black and white.
Audio: Presented with the power of really nice sound (it didnít say).
Notta. It's a short film; what else you want?
An interesting short film worth checking out for its style, texture, and beautiful black and white photography, not necessarily itís substance.