By midlandsmovies, Dec 12 2018 03:34PM
Midlands Review - Reversal
Directed by Sheikh Shahnawaz
2018. Catharsis Films
The Midlands most prolific filmmaker™ Sheikh has released yet another short drama before Christmas in which he features his regular contributing actor Nisaro Karim in a brief tale of mystery.
Beginning in stark close-up, the film starts with Karim’s hooded character staring into space but we quickly cut to a shot of his abdomen and discover that he is in fact injured. How and why the audience may ask?
Zooming further out we see that another suited man (played by Angus Villiers-Stuart) is leaning over his body in a pedestrian underpass. His hands are soaked in his attempts to stop the flow of blood.
He slowly backs away from the body. Is he in shock? Does he think his help is futile?
Well, actually... [spoiler warning] his slow steps backwards reveal that the film is in fact shot in reverse. Suddenly a bloodied knife rises from the ground into his hands and its shown to the audience that this may not be the seemingly good Samaritan we first thought.
His heavy breathing cuts to Karim’s victim suddenly rising from the floor to set up a standoff between the two. And then we see another switch again, reversing roles and constantly toying with viewer expectations.
The film plays with time in a Nolan-esque way (a definite nod to Memento for sure) and with great soundtrack music by Savfk, there are also audio hints of reversed instruments evoking a feel of Zimmer’s Inception score.
A clever short, the film has lots to think about in its brief runtime and has a feel of another local movie called FEIHT (Midlands Movies Awards Best Short winner 2017) which uses a similar sleight of hand narrative and time twisting structure to play with audience perceptions.
Another winning formula of acting, music and technical editing, check out Reversal for an impactful short that delivers a lot in its brief (backwards) runtime.
For more info on Sheikh and his film projects please check out the links and watch the full short below: