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Short Film Review: Paradox

Updated on October 25, 2016

Two Men From Different Times Find Themselves Trapped in A Well That They Must Escape.

Paradox

And today the short film being reviewed is an odd little piece called Paradox which is written and directed by Jeremy Haccoun. Also it has won a number of awards. So let’s get started reviewing it.

The film starts off with a man who wakes up in the bottom of well. He believes he fell into it from his garden near his country home. But there is also another captive in the well. He is man who claims the well is where the king throws its captives and this is nothing more than one of many of the dungeons. Certain that the man is insane, our main character is sure that they have to get out of the well themselves as he has no close neighbors near farm and his wife isn’t coming back home until Sunday. Getting no help from the insane man, he must formulate his own way out. As he tries he hears screams from up above. His insane companion tells him about guards, dogs, and torture chambers that await him if he escapes. The tales weighs on him, making him question what may really be happening. Is he at his garden? Has he traveled back in time? Regardless of this, he works his way up and discovers what is outside of the wall.

The good? It’s incredibly well shot, which is impressive because it takes place in a tiny well. The acting is amazing. They are completely believable and real here. And the best thing about this is this is the tone. The pacing, the lighting, and the score were all crafted with care making this one of the most suspenseful short films I’ve seen in a while. That paired with mystery of “what the hell is going on?” leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat to see what happen. And the payoff is so worth it. Also the film maker somehow made a film about two men in a well epic which is something you have to see to believe.

The bad? Nothing really. This is incredibly well made witty little film that was a pleasant surprise.

Overall, this is very good short film, which is most definitely worth the watch because it is such an incredibly mind bender until the end. I recommend it to everyone.

4 Flick out of Four

Overall Rating: Two Men From Different Times Find Themselves Trapped in A Well That They Must Escape.

A screenshot from the short film Paradox.
A screenshot from the short film Paradox.

Other Facts About This Film

Director: Jeremy Haccoun

Run Time: 18:23 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy / Mystery

Where To Find It: Youtube

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