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Short Film Review: Airlords of Aeria

Updated on January 29, 2016

A Wild Steampunk Roller Coaster Ride That’s Just A little Broken

Airlords of Airea by Dirk Muller

This is an odd film. I almost overlooked it but decided to watch and review it anyways, because there just seemed to be so much passion put in it. This is called The Airlords of Aeria by Dirk Muller

The film is set in a steam punk world full of floating islands, aircrafts, zeppelins and a warring nations. To attack the one of the nations, soldiers are building a giant tower to control the gravitational pull of the moon to pull it closer to earth to control the tides and drown the enemies. The good guys, our heroes, formulate an attack to stop this which leads to an epic battle.

The good? Much of the setting is green screen and CGI. A lot of it is descent but a lot of it does make the film beautiful. It delivers the steam punk/final fantasy like world heroically presenting eye candy for the viewer. The action scenes are fair and surprisingly very well thought out. For fantasy fans there is a lot to like here.

Now the bad? As much as I love this setting and want to love this film, I can’t. It’s the actors. They are terrible and the fact that this is foreign and they got some of the world’s worst voice actors made it worse. The costumes look like they came from a discount Halloween shop. And the fake mustaches! Why? They look so horrible. And as good as the CGI is there are parts that looked terrible. Mainly it is at its worse when the dragons show up. Those are some of the stiffest plastic looking dragons I’ve seen in a long time. The film I feel is pulled down by the filmmaker’s desires to do too much with too little money. They went with bigger and better rather than less is more and I think that is what hurt the film the most here.

Overall, is it good? Not really. But there are some things to like here. And the film did win a couple awards. If anything it deserves quite a few for an effort. I just hope this filmmaker will have more money in the future will lean how to balance it with a budget. He just stretched himself too think here. I have to give this a low rating, despite imagination sadly.

1 ½ Flickers out of Four

Overall Rating: A Wild Steampunk Roller Coaster Ride That’s Just A little Broken.

A screenshot of an air battle in the short film.
A screenshot of an air battle in the short film. | Source

Other Facts About The Film

Director: Dirk Miller

Run Time: 10:18 minutes

Genre: Steampunk / Fantasy

Where to Find It: Youtube


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