*****OSCAR Contender THE WAKE: The folly and anguish of youth, a condescending parent and a happening in small town USA

A film review by Jamie Richardson for Just Celebrity Magazine

The monochrome cinematography and the music, unnerving, full of intrigue and a tension that seems to be leading somewhere. The truly epic setting and tragic event highlights that America is hurtling towards a collision with its constitution ‘A right to bear arms!’

Another day in a nondescript family run business, the exterior belies actuality, and a troubled and rebellious youth seeking escape. A younger sibling Martin (played by Zander Colbeck-Bhola) who is deaf mute is a touching introduction to the family; he is the innocence that questions his elder brother Walter’s (played by Isaac Kragten) impulsive actions.

The vessel for Walter is the family run funeral business and the opportunity is to rob the deceased person’s home while the family attends to pay their respects at the ‘wake.’ Crime has an unnerving boomerang effect that hits the perpetrator with dire consequences and Walter is no exception.

Crime has an unnerving boomerang effect that hits the perpetrator with dire consequences

Writer, director, and producer Luis Gerard’s double twist ending is a work of true genius; to show the tragedy with subtle hints of colour and light before the ‘real’ tragedy is truly wonderful.  

Writer, director, and producer Luis Gerard’s double twist ending is a work of true genius

I personally enjoyed this short, its core message ‘to every action and reaction is a consequence,’ is powerful and overwhelming, I look forward to a feature film.

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