William's walking home at night when he meets two drunk women who are in need of his assistance. He has to decide if he wants to ignore them, or take the "witches' path" and follow them. His decision might prove to be more important than he ever imagined.
Jeremiah Kipp is quite a prolific short film director who I respect a lot. My first experience with his work is the mind-bending "Contact" from 2009, and I have since watched and reviewed a few other of his titles. His latest, "The Minions" is written by the same guy who wrote the Kipp directed "The Days God Slept" (which we also review), and the atmosphere and themes seem to come from a similar place. It's good to know there's short films that don't resort to being simplistic and only for the shallow, and if the result of these guys' work is any proof, both of them seem to agree with me.
"The Minions" is a psychologically focused supernatural thriller, dealing with possession but in a much more emotional and psychological way. It's about a man's decision to take a risk, to follow what could be called the "witches' path", and ends up having to pay the price for doing so. It's not your typical supernatural horror movie, but one that almost takes an existential approach to it.
The short film does say something, but nothing in "The Minions" speaks louder than the cinematography. The movie is completely visually driven, leading you into the turmoil of the character - down the witches' path, if you will. I think that if the cinematography had been of half-assed, lazy typical no-budget indie quality then the movie wouldn't have been interesting at all. I absolutely think that Joseph Fiorillo has a good script here, but it's subtle and desperately needs the direction of Jeremiah Kipp and cinematography of Brian Dilg. Great acting from the entire cast, especially Lukas Hassel as William. He truly gets what it means to act with your body language and eyes.
"The Minions" is on par with Jeremiah Kipp's previous work, so if you know of him then you need to check it out. If you have no idea who these filmmakers are, then this is as good of an introduction as any. Overall, a solid short film. Perhaps not one that will stand out to me in 5 years, but it's above the majority of junk out there.