- Ghosts of Empire Prairie (2013) Review

Title: Streamer

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Year: 2013

Genre: Short / Independent / Drama

Language: English

Runtime: 9 min

Director: Jared Bratt

Writer: Jared Bratt


Boy meets girl. The aftermath shows us a confused man who sits in his tub, wondering all the important thoughts about his meeting with the girl. Who is she, and how does she feel about him?

Our thoughts:
We go through a lot of short films, and there are a few different kinds. Certain shorts are like mini-features, with a full-blown story to tell. Some are experimental art pieces. Then there are those that are just a snippet of a moment. As if taking a moment out of context from a feature. "Streamer" falls into that category, where it's up to the viewer to create a complete story around the small piece of time that we're shown. It's a compliment when I say that the movie proves that there is something more to the story prior to what we see, and that we know it continues afterwards.

There isn't much to really say about the "plot" of this short film. A young man is sitting in a tub. He's thinking about a woman that he met. It's 9 minutes of thoughts, presented in dialogue, with some carefully crafted shots. It's okay that "Streamer" isn't much more than that, because it manages to proves that it has enough thought put into it for us to develop a story around it. That's something that a lot of ambiguous films, shorts or otherwise, are missing.

The best moments of "Streamer" presents us with the female character that the guy is thinking about, and there's some great tension between them. It's a rather psychological moment in the quiet little movie, though I think it's a stretch to call it surreal.

This is a relatively short review, because I think saying more would be a handful. "Streamer" is interesting and it has an appealing style. Inspired by the lengths the mind can go to break you down if you think too much, I am sure we can all relate to certain aspects of it. That said, I also can't praise "Streamer" any higher than an okay in-the-moment short film that you stumble upon at a festival - or late night browsing on Vimeo. It's good, but when it ends I went about with my day without really thinking about it very much.

Positive things:
- Appealing style.
- Simplistic but intriguing.
- Manages to make it feel like there's a lot more to tell, but doesn't really need it.

Negative things:
- There's nothing that is specifically bad about it.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 0/5

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