Imagine superpowers as a result of some random gene, most likely originating from an object blasting through space. An object that has been explored - bringing the mutation home to Earth. Then picture this mutation slowly driving the host crazy - forcing the government to hunt down and kill - or sterilize these super heroes or villains. Those who live, are then left attempting to live a normal life. Or, the more unlucky ones, confined to a jail of sorts - for the rest of their days. Actually? Imagination aside, this is the back story for "MetaHunter" from writer/director Georgia Agbodjan. An interesting concept indeed.
This film is set up and presented as a real life documentary. Samuel is the person of interest for the interview, and it's him that gives us the history - and present day situations of the super heroes of our time. In an alternate universe of course. This idea isn't a new concept really, just watch the original "X-Men" trilogy, and you'll get a basic idea. The freshness Agbodjan adds is the documentary nature of this production. Playing things off like real life superheroes are old news to it's viewer. Quite refreshing. However, "MetaHunter" was a tough one for me to rate, and I'll get into that below.
The problem I had was not with the concept - or even the technicalities of this film. "MetaHunter" is clearly low budget, but it actually played quite nicely across my screen. As a documentary, a heavy budget is not required. I also can't fault the performance. Richie Gray as Samuel, actually came across as genuine and believable. He really could be an ex-super hero. He sure sounded like one. No... my issues were definitely not with the acting.
For me, the biggest problem this short film had - was that it wasn't a film at all. It didn't feel like one anyway. Although there were sliced in comic book pictures, and some other random shots of Samuel himself, there was actually no need... or point to the documentary. There was no real start, no middle and no climax. No story at all. Just to be clear? Nothing happens in this film at any point. It's essentially a documentary about nothing - because it's all a fiction. And yes, fake documentaries have been done before, but usually have some kind of story to push things forward.
So yes. This was a hard one for me to rate - but what I found interesting was that I still enjoyed watching. Even though nothing happens, I was interested enough to watch from start to finish. "MetaHunter" is a decent video. I'm just not sure using the term film feels right. Now... should this concept ever be made into an actual movie, or a fake documentary that actually follows along with an actual story... I can almost guarantee it would be something to see. As it sits right now? "MetaHunter" feels more like a companion piece, a special feature segment for a larger production. Was it still a good watch? Yes. Yes it was.