For those of you that think getting movies sent to you to review is damn cool – well, you're right. But the reality is, for every ten movies you receive, you will be lucky if five are even watchable.
That's not the case with Darin Mangan's Anti-People – a film short that packs quality into every single frame of its taut 10-minute running time.
Anti People has a one-sentence synopsis line, "A recluse and his brother try to make amends". No further information needs chiselled off the cement plot block. The brothers are played by Joseph D. Reitman (The Perfect Storm, The Lady in the Water) and Rick Dawson (The Binds That Tie Us). Reitman plays Marcus, the recluse whose instability is pronounced by his reaction to the nightstand alarm clock. We catch up with Rick as he pulls up into Marcus' driveway with girlfriend Anali (Sarah Agor) and John (Bo Barrett). Marcus' reaction to his guests at the door reveals the underlying tension on the strained family relationship.
Rick, Anali and John still gain access to the home and a confrontation between the two brothers takes a quick and unexpected turn. This change of events leads to violence and an ending in the fatalistic vein of The Human Centipede.
Directed by Darin Mangan based on a short script by Rick Dawson, Anti People has more quality in a five-second flash then most films have in a 90-minute feature. The script carefully navigates genres making Anti People part thriller, part drama and even part ghost story on a level that doesn't try to push its good fortune over the M. Night cliff.
The acting by all those involved is convincingly top-rate and the quality of the end product is a welcome relief from the low budget hand-held travesties that are most 15-minutes-or-less shorts (the short was shot on a Canon 7D camera).
The musical score in Anti People is also worth mentioning. Composer Mark Quayle was responsible for rising the tension meter with high quality sound mixing that is a consistent staple during the film and he hits it out of the park with an underlying tone that is worthy of a big budget production.
Anti People may not be the easiest film short to track down, but we recommend that you give it search and delve into the 10-minute lives of these four souls. A brilliant well-written and perfectly framed and scored film is usually hard to come by and Anti People is a film that large production features should aspire to.
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