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Sacrifice Short Film Review (2019) – War and Death

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(This is Sacrifice short film review, which is a short film sets in a jungle where a war breaks out)

War has always involved blood and deaths, especially those of your comrades. Sacrifice takes that same old premise and adapts it into its own story regarding death of your mate in battle.

It is directed by William Leonardi-Bee and features Max Easton and Matt Blakey as the casts. And it’s all shot within one day too, so let’s take a look at how it fares in the Sacrifice short film review below!

 

Premise

When a fight broke out in a jungle, two soldiers have to fight and repel the enemies. But what will it cost them?

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Fight!

 

Sacrifice Short Film Review

Premise

To be fair, the premise is nothing original, and can be a bit predictable. This is partly due to the war setting where we kind of expect some death or emotional moments to happen at some points in the film. And this short film does not deviate much from the traditional formula.

this short film does not deviate much from the traditional formula

I would say that it tries to be different a bit, but there is nothing much new can be added or changed to make this more interesting unless you add in some psychological or philosophical stuff inside. And the short film does not deliver much in either of those sadly.

 

Pacing/Visual

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Smile mate!

 

Pacing is just decent, though the middle portion can be a tad slow or draggy. Visual-wise, it’s inconsistent. There are some inconsistencies with the colour grading as well as the lighting. Granted, it’s all shot in a single day outdoor, but there are some scenes with really contrasting lighting that it seems to have been shot in a different day.

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Ohhh that oversaturated sun!

 

One particular complaint I have is directed at the skintone, it seems some scenes have oversaturated skins while the other seems very cold. It is normally alright if the such scenes happen in different places or time, but this happens across scenes that happen consecutively. And some of the exposure is a bit too strong that the highlight just shows white on the skin.

I must say the props and films sets are pretty good

Though, I must say the props and films sets are pretty good, as they really look the part of being in the middle of a war in a jungle.

 

Characters

The characters themselves are quite cliché too. I mean, there is not much way to make a typical soldier stand out due to their same uniform etc, but I’m talking about their personality do not stand out as much here. One of the characters, the one who died, is more expressive, which kind of give a contrast to the other guy.

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The death…

 

Sadly, due to the characters not having enough dialogues with each other, or with some backstories, I do not feel much for the characters. And when the character dies, he already hands his mate his dogtag, so that is a bit surprising and also make it a tad less dramatic but weird death.

the usage of gunshots and also some radio conversations make the scenes more authentic

Soundtrack

Soudntrack does not stand out much, whether this is intentional or unintentional I’m not very sure. But the usage of gunshots and also some radio conversations make the scenes more authentic, so kudos for this! Otherwise, nothing much can be said here.

 

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Sacrifice Short Film Review (2019) – War and Death
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Pacing/Visual
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Usage of great foleys for immersion
Great props
What's bad
Inconsistent lighting
Skintones are either oversaturated or cool
Cliché premise and characters
Cliché soundtrack
3.3
It's Okay!
An okay predictable film of War in jungle!
It has cliché story and characters with inconsistent lightning and colour grading, but when its all shot in one day, it's still fairly impressive as it is with all its shortcomings!
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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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