A child ends up in the gaming world and has to fight to survive.
Written By: Mario Caroni
Directed By: Mario Caroni
Sometimes you come across a title that can be very hard to write an opinion on. That's the case with Mario Caroni's Nerd Forever. Generally we decide a rating based on a films technical merits, it's writing, pacing, acting and overall feel. This doesn't seem to be a good criteria in the case of this film however. Nerd Forever... quite literally is a cute Indie short film that if nothing else, will bring a smile to your face. So if you don't want to read any of the films many technical issues than please skip over to the third section of this review.
On the technical level we have a mixed bag. The "In Game" sequences are done reasonably well as the action switches from the kid trapped in the game, to his friends trying to help him escape. The real problems come with the "Real world" sequences themselves. Quite literally they play off like someone swinging a phone around while recording with it. Not the stuff Indie legends are made of. Sound quality is pretty clear and I will tip my hat to the use of Video Game sounds as the main push. I found that a rather nice touch. Nerd Forever does it's best job with the video editing itself. I'm not sure of the experience level of the editor but there's some real skill here, and a knack for pacing. The editing of this short brings what could have been an unwatchable piece, to something that like I wrote above... will bring a smile to your face.
In the end, we have a cool idea brought to life by a bunch of people having fun! I quite literally watched with a smile on my face and although technically, we have an inferior title... it earns marks for it's simplicity and truly fun time. I've chosen to throw out the technical aspects for this review (As much as I could) and judge Nerd Forever mainly on the feeling I got when watching. It was a good one. Nerd Forever is the perfect title to showcase an idea. That a fun production can be just as good as a technical one. To Mario Caroni: I really hope you continue to make movies, and when doing so I also hope that as the budget and skill get larger... the feel you've created with this title stays intact.
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