(This is Verso short film review, which is a 2019 short film based on revenge that was released in Vimeo)
Verso is probably the first short films that I know which is shot entirely in reverse. And it is done by Ryan Russell Steele and Joseph Victor. Imagine mixing some zombie reference with that of artist mixer plus drugs. Well, then you will get yourself a Verso.
They feature less well-known actors such as Nicholas Badamo, Christi Perovski and Marco Reynaldo. The short film was released by MEGALOMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT in Vimeo 2 days ago and now we are here to check if it’s worth our time. Read on the Verso short film review to find out!
A man has turned into sort of a zombie in an artist mixer party, but it was not entirely coincidental as we explore the truth behind the reverse in time. What could the truth be?
Verso Short Film Review
Well, the premise is pretty subtle at first as we realise that the whole scene is going backwards. At first, it does look like some zombie apocalypse is going to happen. But it didn’t. What I was pleasantly surprised is that the story switches halfway into a different genre. And it is that of revenge, or perhaps to show the evil intention of another human to another fellow mortal.
In fact, it is not predictable at all. I just don’t know what will happen next and it keeps me curious till the end.
As we approach the ending of the film, we can see the story takes its time for us to settle into the artist mixer atmosphere. It introduces new character slowly and naturally. In fact, it is not predictable at all. I just don’t know what will happen next and it keeps me curious till the end.
With that said, the premise could be a bit longer to show us why the event happen exactly. It could be that they want this to be a cliffhanger but in the end I felt that it lost the greater potential of a better ending.
Pacing wise, it is pretty good. As the whole event is done in reverse, it somehow allows smoother pacing than normal. In a sense, you won’t feel bored because you are always curious of what’s gonna happen next. So, this part is actually pretty well done.
We are shown 3 characters. And they seem to be unrelated at first. To be fair, this short film does not explore much of the characters. Only their intentions are revealed by the end. In a way, you could say none of the characters are fleshed out very well.
There are no character growth or development at all. Only the perceptions of their relationship with one another are shown. We see the zombie guy who danced with another girl who took a drugged drink from a bartender. And the bartender was shown to be evil as he seems to have planned it all out.
However, because the film does not explore further, the characters seem flat, but pretty interesting just because of the time reverse sequence.
The soundtrack is the life saver of this short film aside from the time reverse. It contains track that is grungy and also easily induces tension. This is especially so when paired with some bright lighting that keeps blinking at the beginning. And it particularly suits the mysterious atmosphere of the film.