Toby Osborne, Angelo Reyes
For Omar, life has never been a walk in the park, but things have been spiraling out of control lately - and very quickly. First, his mother has found out what he does on the side for money and doesn't approve. Then, he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant and has been kicked out of the family home, and to top it all off? Omar has been robbed of the money he had to borrow in the first place. No, reader, things are not going well for Omar but on the other side of the coin? Ex-Marine turned cop Carlos is also having a rough go of things, and on this particular day, he's highly agitated. The two men will collide in a way that will forever change everyone around them.
Essentially, "21st & Colonial" is a chain reaction of events that all came together to form the perfect storm - it's also based on a true story which makes it all the scarier. Reyes' film also embodies many aspects of a cautionary tale - do this and don't do that. In the film, Omar mentions that doing the right thing has always amounted to shit, but "21st & Colonial" demonstrates that things could always be worse no matter how bad they seem to be. The short and sweet of this write-up? This was a great short film and, obviously, I would highly recommend it to anyone who asks.
It always puts a smile on my face when I can write that a micro-budget film looks and sounds fantastic - and Angelo Reyes's short film has certainly done that. But it's not just the technical aspects and pacing of the film that works so well. No, reader, it's also the acting itself. It's genuinely great to be able to write that the excellent performances don't just come from the leading actors - but also from the supporting cast. Everyone in this film pulls their weight, and the results? A short film that really gets to you with an ending that, well, you'll simply have to watch and find out for yourself.
At the end of the day, "21st & Colonial" is an excellent example of an indie film done right. It's a slick yet also gritty flick that is not only well written but also excellently performed. Reyes and his troupe have demonstrated that indie, low-budget doesn't always equal cheap, and for me personally? Watching this film was a pleasure—four and a half stars.