After a mysterious blast hits the East Coast,
a survivor must decide who, if anyone, can
Written By: Erik Parks
Directed By: Erik Parks
From the opening sequence, straight through to the last scene, Erik Parks presents a world seemingly on the brink of extinction. It's a real gritty glance at a possible future that not only sells itself on desolation... but also the possibility of redemption. The real kicker in this short is the fact that it's so open ended. Like life, the final choice presented in the film leaves the viewer with many questions and a glimmer of hope. For all of us.
Thieves is not your typical end of the world short, but it does contain a few staples of the genre. Desolation? Check. People not quite on the up and up? You got it. A bleak washed out color grade? For sure. With the lack of all that you may be asking what could possibly make it a good short? The answer is simple at first glance, but ever more complex as you read into it. Humanity and what it takes to survive. How would one live their life in a situation like this? Would you try and keep that good, honest aspect of the human condition? Or would you fall prey to the easier roads presented to you, knowing the ultimate price would be unbearable? Live easier now and pay the price later or live hard now and reap the rewards down the road.
On the technical side, Erik Parks is no slouch, showcasing a decaying world while not loosing sight of a possible better outcome in the end. There's not a lot of technical feats in the film's general photography but, that actually works for the ultimate vision of the short. Gritty, real and not overly polished. The actors play their respective parts rather well opting for expression over the spoken word. It works well here and although you feel like you're just getting started when it's over... at least you feel something for these people in the ten minutes you've met them. The one issue I personally had with Thieves was the poor audio. Not poor to the point of it being unwatchable, rather just enough to make sure you never quite enter the world Erik Parks has put before you. If as much care had went into the overall engineering of the audio I know my humble rating for Thieves would have been higher.
In the end (Pun intended) Thieves is a great short film with a few technical flaws hindering an overall great short film. A new (Actually quite an old) take on the end of days that could be sooner than we thought. People who are paying attention may notice a lot of religious symbolism hidden in plain sight as they watch. I'm more than sure that was intended as like I said above... this story could be more about a start than a finish. Easily, Thieves earns a solid personal rating of 3.5 / 5.0.
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