Joseph Archer, Jack Archer
A short film MUST leave you wanting more. It "should" be as if it has been extracted from a more significant, grander work - or at least lay the foundation upon which that larger work could be expanded. From directors Joseph and Jack Archer, based on a script also written by Jack, comes the short film "A Soldier's Post." Now, reader, I have to say that this is definitely a solid short that is both well conceived and technically realized. There's no question of that.
On the eve of battle, the tension runs high between three soldiers held up within a military outpost during World War 1. While testing each other's already shattered nerves and in the face of certain death, each will test the limits of their boundaries as the film explores human nature in the trenches of war. Homophobia, unforeseen truths, and desperate resolves all come into play during this short film.
Henry, played by Charlie Heptinstall, Thomas (Christopher Mulvin), and Edward (Luke Hunter)
all deliver strong and engaging performances easily worthy of such complicated subject matter. Their combined performances help this already quick film achieve a level of engagement worthy of a much larger production. The pacing/editing also moves right along with the storytellers - utilizing every second of the film's length to its advantage and keeping things constantly engaging.
At the end of the day, "A Soldier's Post" is a solid project from the entire team - and its length of around ten minutes means there are no excuses not to check out this short film. Overall, I believe a respectable three and a half stars out of five fits quite nicely - great work!