Title: Matt's Story

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Year: 2009

Genre: Short / Drama

Language: English

Runtime: 27 min

Director: Daniel Schneidkraut

Writer: Daniel Schneidkraut, Aaron Arel

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1387221/

Two vagrants, Matt and Ted, walk around without a clear path to follow, and they jump on board of whatever train is departing. One day they are accidently locked into one of the steel wagons.

Our thoughts:
Schneidkraut's "Matt's Story" is basicly just depicting something that happens to two guys who are wandering around with large backpacks on their backs, and it shows us them jumping on board of trains to take them to their next destination. The door to one of the steel wagons they ride in closes and they can't get out.

There's no real big problem, there's no extensive danger, but the movie isn't really about that. I wasn't even really sure if I was gonna review this or not simply because it's a hard one to get much said about. And it's not that it's not interesting, but to make the story justice I think you have to watch the film. On the surface it might seem like having two vagrants (I just found out what that word meant today, and I can't think of a better word to describe the two) locked into a small, dark space is the big plot, but I see it more as showing a small piece of two people's everyday life. That they happen to get locked in is just part of their lives.

I'd be lying if I said that the movie didn't have me scratch my head by the end of it, thinking "was that it?". Yes, that was it. It might not be an excellent movie in the traditional sense but I definitely think it shows talent from the involved. It manages to be fairly sweet as a whole, really, and not to mention claustrophobic when they are locked in. A different, darker ending would've made it slightly better but as a whole I think it's an alright short film. One of the driving forces of the film, I thought, was that it leaves a lot of questions, mostly about our two characters. Are they running away from something? Where are they going?

Daniel Schneidkraut impressed me with his "Seeking Wellness" and considering I got the "Matt's Story" DVD along with "Seeking Wellness" and another one called "Victory.", I feel it was worth spending money on. I might not recommend buying it as a stand-alone, but in the package they offer through the website - fuck yeah!

Positive things:
- Even though it's not a story that really goes from A to B, rather it just stays at A, it still manages to show talent.
- Has some claustrophobic moments.
- Shows a little slice of the life of two guys.
Negative things:
- I would've wanted a different ending, for effect. Even though this is based on true events.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 0/5

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