Oh, these small slices of reality. I've come to realize that writer, director Chris Carter doesn't mince words - or screen time. His views are front and center within his movies, no beating around the bush here. In this quick snippet, the character Dean has made a call for help to his sister. He's on the run from the cops, as shown using various edits of cruisers and a police chopper. He needs money and he needs to get the hell out of Dodge. You see reader, in Carter's world, it doesn't matter if Dean is innocent or not. Because he is a black man, it's assumed he is guilty as sin. What's even more scary? The world Chris Carter writes about isn't really a fiction at all in so many places.
This is a real quick film. Under three minutes. It's hard to really establish or do much of anything in that amount of time, yet in this case, us viewers understand exactly what is going on. Carter makes sure of that. The truth is that I've seen a few of Carter's movies, and find his quick ones work as excellent debate fodder. They make you think, if nothing else. They may not be super pretty to watch, being incredibly low budget, but the point definitely gets across. With "Guilty Till Proven Innocent" that tradition continues; and as much as I want to praise it's ability to get it's message out, it's also a little irritating. Here's why.
These quick stories are excellent splashes of cold water. But at the same time, I want more. I want more details. I want to know the why? I want to know what happens next. Especially in this case, "Guilty Till Proven Innocent" acts more as a device to make me want more. A glorified movie trailer. And I do want more! But here, there is no more. The story, and the point of the story is presented and done. Finished. This troupe obviously have things to say... so get them all together in one longer script and say them!
Totally worth the watch. That's what I have to say regarding this quick film. It's utter lack of length actually brought my rating down a little. I never thought I would type that out! To the gang. Write out and polish a longer script. Buy or rent some cheap gear and make a movie! Short film or feature - anything is better than movies under five minutes. I simply know it will be great and would love to see one. As for this film in particular? An excellent way to spend a few minutes. May even make you think a few things over. Two and a half stars.