Wireboy is a voyeurer in a nightmare landscape ruled by sexualization of technology. Wireboy is surrounded by a number of cyberpunk creatures and creations, all of them their own representations of the future.
Cassandra Sechler's "Wireboy" is straight to the point, showing itself to be an entirely visual experience. It's as if the short film is an experiment of style - a test for future project - rather than focusing on deliver much of a story. In fact, if anything it tries to deliver an atmosphere. Going into "Wireboy" with this in mind, it's a lot easier to settle down and appreciate what it manages to bring forth rather than the lacking story.
There is story, but you have to read the synopsis to get it. That's the first warning that, storywise, it's weak in its presentation. With "Wireboy", we kinda have to build our own version of the intended plot. The intended plot being rather vague, essentially showing a cyberpunk nightmare where a character named Wireboy is seeing and experiencing relationships and other figures. As thin as metaphors come, this tries to show a representation of where we're all going as technology becomes more and more important to the everyday life.
Again, this is what it delivers as a story, but I didn't watch it that way. I think it's a lot stronger when just experienced, just turn your mind off and go into it appreciating the things it does succeed with. Its "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" meets performance art (or, if you will, meets "Dandy Dust") and you can't help but admire the great ambition behind every character design, which is its key feature. In fact, it's something which has me extremely psyched to watch Cassandra Sechler's upcoming "Blue Noon". If this level of ambition can be put on character design in a 15 min short, then I can only imagine what can be achieved in a feature. Whether it's similar in style or not, it shows the true passion of its filmmakers.
Other than the story, which was a tiny bump in the road for me (I never expected to get into a storyline with this one), I couldn't help but be distracted by the jumping between looks and some editing choices. It seems to have been shot with different cameras, it jumps between excessive colors to black and white, all while being in VHS quality. Sometimes it works to mix it up, but usually it is a more giving experience if it doesn't jump too much. It was as if I was watching several different films (where I much preferred the black and white footage, but couldn't help but love some of the completely red ones).
The soundtrack was a bit too ambient for my taste, I would've loved music that could have helped keeping us in touch with what's on screen. Something with a bit more force when needed, which ambient music rarely does - instead it makes it feel slower and more dragged out than it should. But overall the sound design is good, it fits the short, and it does establish it as the experience it was intended to be.
"Wireboy" is far from the perfect cyberpunk experience, it all depends on how you choose to watch it. It's rough around the edges, there's not a story to follow, and so forth, but it shows what the filmmakers are capable of. It's very ambitious, which has me excited for the future of everyone involved. It's daring to make a movie like "Wireboy" and I don't think many similar films have been made since perhaps "Dandy Dust", so I definitely think you should give it a shot (in the link below). It shares the depraved, sexual nature of "Dandy Dust" and Austrian performance art, making this an experience for adult eyes only. Whatever this short film is lacking, it makes up in ambition and passion, and that proves to me that Cassandra Sechler is a filmmaker to look out for in the future. "Wireboy" has true underground attitude, grand ambition and a care for design often lacking in independent science-fiction.