An acupuncturist forms a primal bond with her female patient after years of treatment.
Written By: Mark E. Davidson
Directed By: Blake Rice
Some of the scariest of ordeals involve trust; in particular misplaced trust. A "wrong place wrong time" situation, especially of the "you're going to die" type are never good, but to be betrayed in this manner by a trusted friend or colleague is that much more horrific. This is the scenario "Meridians" lays before your eyes, leaving much to ones own imagination. We all know what comes after the credits roll, and using our own twisted imagination dictate the real horror this short film leaves us with.
The technicalities of "Meridians" doesn't really leave much room for discussion. This is a standard, by the books production. By that I mean there really isn't all that much to complain about, yet there's also not much to rave about. Visually, this is almost as simple as they get, but done well. The lensing isn't of the hand-held kind, leaving "Meridians" with a clean studio look. The audio is clear and overall we're left with a solid running short film. Intentional or not, I did appreciate the warm tones offsetting the dark nature; being completely honest, the simplistic style actually enhanced the nasty end-game of the plot. I can't help but think anything other than a simple approach during production may have detracted from the story.
The script itself, penned by Mark E. Davidson may not have been the most original on the planet, but it was put together in a natural and competent way. I especially liked how a history between the two leads was established using only a few short lines of dialog. Clever and real, that's the beauty of the writing here; it's also the real horror of the story. Blake Rice, who helms the production keeps things tight and the narrative flowing. Through his direction we're presented with an on-screen version of the camp fire stories and urban legends we've all grown up with, acted out in a way we can all believe as we empathize with the lead. Even though we, as viewers know what's coming... we can totally accept that they don't, as the story unravels. Marissa Merrill and Ellen Yuen both portray their respective roles damn near perfectly. From the clinical set-up and actions of Ellen, to the slowly growing "Oh Shit" moment from Marissa, the two leads do a fantastic job of setting us up and bringing the story home, in all it's sick glory. The real surprise was that Marissa Merrill, as the victim really didn't have a lot of dialog. I would have loved to have "heard" more from her. The scenario works however, all things considered. Guess there's really not much to say when you're lying face down... never mind... you, as the viewer will have to watch for yourself. I can write that what she lacked in dialog was made up for through facial expressions. A job well done indeed.
As I wrote above, "Meridians" is nothing Earth shattering in terms of story. We've seen this stuff before and we'll see it again. What we do have here is a solid, mind-scary film done well. I always love it when we, as viewers are brought into a horrible situation, and left to our own devices to figure out what probably ends up happening. This is a great way to do this type of film and I was glad to have been introduced.
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