The introduction of cheap, and impressive, special effects software packages has lead to a plethora of homegrown science fiction shorts making their way online. Take, for example, this new short film from directorial brothers, Jonathan and Josh Baker.
Titled Bag Man, the story tells of a "12 year old African American boy, who takes us on an introspective journey out of the city and into the remote countryside of upstate New York. With a mysterious duffle bag in hand, its contents unknown to us, we journey from the urban hustle of Harlem, into the winter-ravaged woodlands a world away. On the road, we slowly discover his real intentions, and the startling significance of what is hidden inside a young boy’s bag."
Does that synopsis sound too lofty for you? Well, don't worry, the kid does also vaporize some fools.
Check it out below:
The short film certainly does show some filmmaking deftness in its earlier scenes, although it has to be said the final shootout does seem a bit out of place. In fact, it kind of makes the whole short film simply look like an excuse to use some funky futuristic sound-effects and flip a car over. Which is fine, I guess.
Bag Man was...