With a bloody wound on his forehead, Robert wakes up in the woods without a memory. Something is not right with the world around him. One by one his recent memories get back to him, helping him piece together how his life tragically changed.
Where are all of these interesting Irish horror/thriller movies coming from all of the sudden!? Oh, that's right - Ireland! But why? Why now? Have I just missed a load of talent, or is it indeed a new phenomenon? The answer is out there somewhere I'm sure, but I won't waste your precious time wondering about it. Let this opening paragraph of the short mystery flick "Out There" be a warning that something wicked from Ireland comes, between this and the multiple titles I've reviewed this year. This is, however, a much shorter experience.
Taking the approach of giving a man a slight case of amnesia after having ran into a tree in the woods, we watch him remember one piece at a time what has happened. Meanwhile he is wandering around the area, looking for clues and explanations of what happened and why everything is so... quiet. Our man, Robert, remembers his lovely girlfriend and their perfect relationship that was on its way to get even more serious, and is soon able to connect to the up until his accident in the woods.
Exactly what's on offer I'll keep quiet about, but it gets more emotional and sad the closer to present time we get in his memories, and eventually ending with a rather classic short film end. It IS a zombie short, but the zombies are not exactly the main plot here. The main plot is the relationship and his emotional journey of remembering. In some cases short films can be spoiled without it ruining them, but not when the actual idea of the movie is to slowly know what has happened.
One small flaw I have is that their relationship was maybe portrayed as overly ideal to start with. A bit too lovey-dovey. Although, was this intended? Maybe this was because it was seen through this man's head, and in reality it was a good relationship but not THAT perfect? This is not really brought up within the short, and is something I just thought of while watching it. I think the "perfect relationship" works as a good build, making the ending a bit more sad. It's a short film though, so there's only so much you can feel emotionally. It's nothing against the movie, just the format can rarely get you entirely invested.
"Out There" is a good way to spend 15-16 minutes. It's not a completely fresh idea but they execute it nicely, and the production values are above average for a title like this. The cinematography is especially excellent and stands out, as does the effects. Perhaps not flawless effects, but they are what effects should be - effective. In a drama heavy movie, they come right at you. There's not much to bring up in terms of acting, except that Conor Marren and Emma Eliza Regan hold it up well. It's safe to say that it's a good short film, one I'd recommend, and in the end it gives you a taste for more. I wouldn't have minded a 30 minute version of this one, actually.