Coping with his recent unemployment, a man battles with depression. In an act of desperation, he turns to his talents as a last resort...
Written By: Eugene Rodriguez
Directed By: Eugene Rodriguez
When it was all said and done, my first overall thoughts on "Sueño Vagabundo" were more akin to a "day in the life" narrative, than that of a short film. I'm not saying that this plays more like a documentary, I'm just writing of the general feeling I was left with. The real question: Was I entertained? To sum up this review in one word the answer is yes. Yes I was. Director Eugene Rodriguez seems to have a talent for bringing true life grit to the screen, and having it translate powerfully in the process. This ain't no Cinderella story ladies and gents. This is a story that although unfortunate, could happen to any one of us. Regardless of where we live or what we do. I believe in my heart that this scary "true to life" element is what makes "Sueño Vagabundo" all the more potent and powerful. If you're looking for a quick dip in the "action movie" department, this is not for you. If however, you want a thoughtful story, that's scary in it's implications, you are in the right place. What's even better? This one is free to watch right now!
"Sueño Vagabundo" is technically pretty decent. Featuring some simple camera work that tends to compliment the story, and a competent edit, bring this dark tale to life on your small screen. I really have no complaints about the technical elements. However, I do feel some post-production choices could have really enhanced the feeling of the film. "Sueño Vagabundo" is really visually bright and clear. Doesn't sound like much of a complaint does it? It is. In my humble opinion, the dark subject matter of the flick would have been greatly enhanced, if the coloring was toned down during post. Considering the gritty and sad narrative that is the film, a more muted choice of color would have been great. Going one step farther, adding a slight blur for the entire film, would have also added an edgy feeling. You see, right now the visuals just feel cheery and bright, completely contrasting the sad tale Rodriguez is trying to tell. Contrast can be a good thing, but for the overall finished product, muting the tones would really have given this title the grit it needed to push it over the edge. Still however, the point is made and does, in fact come across rather nicely.
This really is a short film that may leave you wondering. The open ended climax leaves the viewer's mind open to the possible future of our lead. What's really scary however, is the true possibility of this happening to any one of us. It doesn't matter if we cash in our creative chips for a steady 9-5, or remain true to our creative selves forever. This could happen to me... or you. Why not find out for yourself what I'm talking about. Link is on your left.
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