I mean... I'm not even sure what to write about "Zipper" from writer, director, Fanis Tops. It's not really that I don't know what to write, it's that... damn! I really don't know what to say. Perhaps the moral of this short story is not to drink so much water when you have no access to a bathroom. But even that is a shoddy moral, to say the least - and I'm not even sure there really is a story behind this short entry. Judging from the last bit of dialog in this four-plus minute film, "Zipper" feels more like Fanis Tops wanted to put an experience to camera - for posterity. I do know one thing however, I actually laughed during this short film - and that counts for something. Was I supposed to laugh? That's for the viewer to decide.
The story in a nutshell? A man has decided to visit a friend and his friend bailed on providing an actual pickup. Annoyed but determined, our lead character decides to walk to his friend's house. Like most of us, bottled water is a lifesaver when you're really thirsty, but after drinking so much of it... well reader, when you have to go, you have to go. Our character finds himself in a bit of a situation when he finds a dark alley to pee in, which is not as empty as he thought. I'll just leave it at that and call it a day.
So, two things struck me. One was that this short film has moments of visual awesomeness. Some of the shots look fantastic, and excellently display a city at night. Mixed in with a bit of great sound design, and the playability of this short film isn't in question. It's the story that really got to me, or lack of it. You see reader, "Zipper" is under five minutes - but even a short length should have some kind of plot. Here, there truly isn't one. No story whatsoever, except that of a man that has to go pee. And yet, I did laugh... and that did count for something.
At the end of the day, this is a visually decent short film that did elicit an emotion from me. Laughter. I don't know if that was intentional or not, but it doesn't matter. There's a lot of good points to this movie, but it's missing the most important one. Had there been something to grab onto story-wise, I could see this easily scoring a higher rating. Then again, some may feel I've been too generous - and again, that's for you, the viewer, to decide. Two stars.