Title: Loss Of Hope

Also known as:

Year: 2009

Genre: Short / Drama

Language: English

Runtime: 7 min

Director: Scott Goldberg

Writer: Jennifer Baltusis, Scott Goldberg

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1412472/

A man who witnesses a nuclear terrorist attack and reflects back on the past to heal his soul.

Our thoughts:
My first thought after watching this short film was that I wasn't gonna review it after all. It wasn't because I didn't like the film, because I did, but because it almost plays out as a trailer for a full lenght feature, so reviewing felt sort of like a hard task, but then I came to the conclusion that the film should be reviewed so people will hear about it, and if I just can squeeze out a few words about it, then so be it.

The film doesn't have much more of a plot than what it says under "Plot". It has a guy who suffers from his memories, who reflects back on what has happened to him. He tells us of how he witnessed a terrorist attack, and how he misses his wife, who I assume past away in the attack. It might not feel like much more than a trailer, but what's in the film is very emotional and saddening, and being someone who's lost a fair share of people myself, I feel like I can relate to films like these even though I haven't been close to a war or terrorist attack. It takes alot to make someone care about a movie character, and it takes even more if the movie is just a few minutes long. Scott Goldberg did just that, and I applaud him for it. We really feel that the main character is talking from his heart, and he knows that his end is coming. Buuut, my main thought when watching this film was still that I wish it was a longer film. I should mention that the version I watched wasn't a finished cut, so hopefully that one will feel more complete.

"Loss of Hope" is shot beautifully in an almost claustrophobic kind of way, and Scott Goldberg captures the emotions the film portrays perfectly. I hate that I can't say more about this film than I have. I'm not really a political person so as far as that goes, there's not much I can say. I hope it's enough for people to click the link that I will add further down in this review. It has good cinematography, a good soundtrack, a good actor (Paul Kratka, from Friday the 13th Part 3), a good director and writer duo, and above all, it has a good heart.

Positive things:
- Well told story.
- Beautiful film all together.
- The soundtrack is nothing short of amazing.
Negative things:
- Feels more like a trailer.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 4/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 0/5

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