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Max Short Film Review (2019) – Compulsive Liar Karma

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(This is Max short film review, which is a short film of a compulsive liar that was released on Vimeo)

Lying is one of the things humans do, but what happens if you take it too far? Well, Max is the film exactly about that scenario, and also explores how it might just bite you back in the least expected way.

It is directed by Ethan Suess and features Reynoldo Quintana, Tahlia Frenkel, Joe Redmond, Julien Zeitoun and Cristian Caamano. Let us see how the liar will fare in the Max short film review below!

 

Premise

When a young man with a compulsive lying habit keeps doing his lies, what will he do when an unexpected event turns real?

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Lies to the grave figuratively and physically

 

Max Short Film Review

Premise

The story is a simple one, akin to the style of ‘a boy who cried wolf’, so in this sense, the premise is almost entirely predictable. You will not expect much twists, as the film also plays to many of the stereotypes of a liar. And it also heavily dramatises some parts of the lying. Thus, it scores low in the originality department.

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Oh here we go again…

 

Pacing

This anticipation makes you want to watch till the end

Pacing is pretty decent, as there is a small but obvious ramp up in how outrageous the lies have become over the course of the film. It catches your attention with how you want something bad to happen to the liar and also interested in what will happen. This anticipation makes you want to watch till the end, and I will give brownie point for this.

 

Characters

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I’m the best liar in the world mum

 

The characters are the ones that shine here. Especially the lead character, his expression when lying, though exaggerated, is actually pretty convincing and make it less cringed that it’s supposed to be. Perhaps it’s his way of doing it that makes it different, and that I could say he single- handedly save the film from a certain disaster.

I could say he single- handedly save the film from a certain disaster

The other characters are alright and decent, they are there just for the story. However, some of the interactions between the characters seem a bit unnatural.

 

Soundtrack

The soundtrack is akin to some films using bright pop track to bring out the mischievousness of the film tone. It fits the film nicely, in fact, I did not think it will actually fit that nicely. So this department get a brownie point from me as well.

 

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Max Short Film Review (2019) – Compulsive Liar Karma
Story
Pacing
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Great performance by the main lead
Appropriate soundtrack
Pretty decent pacing
What's bad
Predictable plot
Interactions between characters are a bit weird in some areas
3.5
Pretty Good!
A liar of a great performance!
Max works due to the brilliant acting of the main lead, that somehow manages to balance his cringed dialogue and exaggerated lies with that of a decent watching experience.
[Max short film review score table]
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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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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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