Midlands Movies Feature Review - The Hidden Truth
By midlandsmovies, Feb 22 2015 02:45PM
Midlands Movies Feature Review - The Hidden Truth (2015) Dir. Ben Bloore
“No stone will be left unturned”.
Derby filmmaker Ben Bloore has created a trailer/short that forms part of his upcoming spy thriller The Hidden Truth which centres around a terrorist bombing of MI5’s headquarters.
The film begins with a static radio running through 24-hour news programmes with snippets of information being relayed about a bombing in the UK and the film's intro also adds a cleverly edited Prime Minister’s response from David Cameron to the proceedings.
After this scene-setting we fast forward “two weeks later” where a bulb flashes and a woman approaches a door with top secret documents and enters, not before checking her gun is fully loaded. Having crossed the threshold into the room we get a glimpse of a man confined to a chair with his hands behind his back and head slumped down.
It is within these four walls of a darkened room we see the great cinematography of Director of Photography Lucy Young who has used light and dark in high contrast to focus the viewer on the main characters. The mystery surrounding the bomb plot is heightened by the shots of red lighting, blood being washed from hands and an inherent symbolism with the rolling up of sleeves to show this character intends to get the job done no matter what is needed.
The woman is Agent Connor (Jenn Day) who grimaces as her footsteps echo in the darkness and I enjoyed Bloore’s use of an electronic score to build tension in the vein of the Bourne films. As the agent flicks through her files for evidence, she then places what appear to be surveillance photos onto a light-box – a gesture to perhaps to figuratively shed light on the mysterious goings on.
At this point, Bloore has cleverly constructed all the mise-en-scene with no added dialogue other than the intro radio clips. It is this balance that again, maintains the feelings of dread before a phone rings, interrupting the silence as Agent Connor is contacted by what appears to be a senior operative.
Cutting to the man who asks about a safe-house, the director again chooses a great location for the story to play out, this time in a brightly lit day-time scene set in a church graveyard – the death analogy complimented with bells tolling in the background
I enjoyed the sense of foreboding and the unknown in Bloore’s short, perfect for the spy thriller genre and although there are well known tropes, the film is expertly shot, especially getting across meaning with minimum dialogue and the almost pitch-black room serves as a vast void to focus in on the intense interrogation.
As the female agent begins to punch and hit her captive who wishes to see his wife, her anger about losing 6 colleagues in the blast gets the better of her and she takes her eye off the ball. It is here where the tables are turned and the power roles are reversed that we are left by the director. A great cliff-hanger for the audience, it leaves us wanting more of the narrative to explain some of the questions posed. Looking at it another way however, Bloore has also turned in an immaculate short, keeping the topical themes of terrorism and the very-British way of handling it as the main drivers of the piece.
I for one will be keeping a very close eye on how this project develops and encourage readers to seek out this “hidden” gem and its feature follow-up. The audience can’t help but be invested in getting to the truth behind the seeds that are sown in the short film so far.
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