Benjamin wakes up, tells his woman he loves her, goes up for breakfast, heads to work... It's a normal morning to a day that will end in madness. When he's put under stress while being forced to give up his bag, a truth is revealed about Benjamin.
The great short film director and cinematographer Jeremiah Kipp has put his sharp mind together with "No Clowning Around" filmmaker Rob Dimension to create a short in spirit of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents".
The movie focuses on a day in the life of Benjamin, a very seemingly normal guy. His day consists of the usual things, from showing appreciation to his woman, to heading to work. Later that day, he's being chased by a couple of crooks trying to steal his bag and an accident occurs. This event puts Benjamin under stress which forces out some dark secrets out of him. Without spoiling too much, the final minutes of this short lifts it out of the safe zone of a thriller, to a psychological madness where nothing seems to be quite right.
Jeremiah Kipp helming "Baggage" means that it's automatically a very stylish, nicely shot and constantly creative short film. He's a fantastic filmmaker and have proven himself many times to be a bit of a master of short films. Here he is put together with a filmmaker that has a bit of a different style to him, and proves that it works just as well.
I think "Baggage" is a solid story that gets twisted around enough to keep us on the edge. However, there are a few moments that came off as cheesy compared to the content. Whether this is due to the writing or the acting, I can't tell. It doesn't make it a bad short, but it could have been something extraordinary if it kept the same intensity that some scenes manage to have. Not to mention the very beginning of the short gives you some idea of what will happen - but luckily not all of it.
As spoiler free as this review is, I hope it still gets you interested. It's a great looking short film in the style of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" that manages to keep you guessing. It's fun and interesting, even when it lacks in some departments. I'd definitely be interested in seeing more collaborations between Jeremiah Kipp and Rob Dimension in the future, as the mix of their styles helps making it a short that most people can enjoy.