ByRicardo Du Toit, writer at
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Ricardo Du Toit

I caught an article on Moviepilot last week, about a new british short-film making waves. Shadows by Luke Armstrong is a story that taps into so many of today's news that nearly every second could be our actual future.

Set in London in 2037, Shadows tells us a story about a group of hackers trying to live in a city that is permanently watch by the government, be it with CCTV or even drones, everybody is under surveillance.

Credit: Inspired Pictures
Credit: Inspired Pictures

There are a lot of things I like about this short-film. Starting off with the brilliant cinematography. Each frame is a true photo and that gritty ambiance of constant danger, gives it an edge. In addition, the visual effects are almost up to Hollywood par, be it with the futuristic gadgets, be it with fire and bullets. Other than the sight of blood, everything else is top-notch.

The soundtrack is also memorable. The theme song, by Hysterism & Barcodes Feat Egøteque, is just so catchy and appropriate to the tone of the movie, it's crazy. We need a 7" of that, please!

But my favorite thing is that this feels so much like a concept trailer for a Hackers reboot. Not only it's one of my guilty pleasures, but it's a movie that is more relevant now than many others (well, except for the dial-up modems).

Credit: Inspired Pictures
Credit: Inspired Pictures

The characters are good and the mysterious government watcher leaves me wanting to know more.

There's a lot to work with Shadows and it's fifteen minutes of length are of the best I've seen all year, with nearly every technical and artistic detail on a positive note.

With a feature film planned, I can hardly wait to see what's next!


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