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Causation Short Film Review (2019) – Randomness and Connections

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(This is Causation short film review, which is a story related to the Butterfly effects that was released on Vimeo)

Sometimes, the little randomness in life will have big impact in the near future, even though they should not be technically. Causation takes this concept and turns it into a short film that tries to portray such event in its own way.

It is directed by Gian Niggili, with music by Ryan Taubert as well as starring Selina Dubacher, Simon Illitz, Alina Ehrle and Matteo Visini. What’s more, it is part of a pre-graduation work by these students in Zurich. Now, without dragging your time, let’s jump down into the Causation short film review below!

 

Premise

What happen when two young women accidentally bump into each other? Well, such random thing begin to morph itself into their respective lives. What would happen eventually when they connect again?

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The beginning…

 

Causation Short Film Review

Premise

The overall story is a simple one that aims to tread the connection of a random event, which leads to an unexpected ending. It’s not an original idea, to be fair, as I have seen many others with similar themes or story. And I would say that the randomness here is pretty random, with the story not as tight as the best ones I have watched.

I feel that the overall premise is handled well, even though it’s cliché

But, the execution is quite good in establishing the connection and revealing things at the end through a time-reverse. It’s not great and some parts are needed to smooth it out, but I feel that the overall premise is handled well, even though it’s cliché.

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Behind the randomness…

 

Another point to add, is the use of mystery which they never show the phone is dropped. This actually gives an unexpectedly better surprise than I thought. So kudos to the director for this!

 

Pacing/Visual

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Dark broody world…

 

Pacing is pretty good with the soundtrack helping to move the scenes along. There are many great fast cuts that makes normally mundane scenes interesting. It also helps that there are constant movement in each scene to up the tension along the way.

It makes the whole story world felt like something is lost, but the soundtrack introduces the urgency into that lost

Visual wise, it looks like it’s shot on film. It has that classic grainy look, and with muted colours. The colours remind me of some sci-fi stuff, especially with some uses of lens flare. It makes the whole story world felt like something is lost, but the soundtrack introduces the urgency into that lost. Perhaps it’s a kind of foreshadowing?

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Where are you?

 

Characters

There are 3 characters in the film, of which only 2 are connected directly. The main protagonist is the unrelated young woman who happens to hit over someone. The main thing of this film is that the characters are not really the central key to the film.

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The third character…

 

Instead, it’s the relations of the random encounter that forms the theme of the whole story. I quite like the way each is portrayed. Though, the acting for some of them could be improved, none of their actings actually make the film worse.

The wonderful use of the soundtrack to cut the film and pacing it, makes this a visual as well as an aural delight

Soundtrack

The soundtrack is that of increasing pace and urgency. Together with the great sound effects, this short film stands out in this department. The wonderful use of the soundtrack to cut the film and pacing it, makes this a visual as well as an aural delight.

 

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Causation Short Film Review (2019) – Randomness and Connections
Story
Pacing/Visual
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating1 Vote4.4
What's good
Great pacing and visual
Each scene is filled with movement and increasing in urgency
Great soundtrack and sound effect
Clever use mystery and also time-reverse
What's bad
Premise is not original
Actor's acting can be improved
3.8
Pretty Good!
Causation is an unexpected great visual and aural watching delight!
It's as if a short film appears out of nowhere and surprises you with its quality in pacing, directing as well as in soundtrack. Causation tells a cliché film in its own unique way, with a sense of mystery.
[Causation short film review score table]
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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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