Meet Geoffrey, a washed out teacher whose life consists of hating his students. He is sick and tired of their bullshit and spends his days dreaming about what he would do to them.
I have had an interest in "Worm" without knowing what it was for a long time because of how much I liked the poster art for it. When the producer contacted us and wanted us to review the film I was really excited to finally see this independent short film. And it lived up to my home-made hype based only on the poster. It turned out to be one hell of a dark drama that almost psychologically disturbed me at a few places.
We have this normal-on-the-surface teacher Geoffrey Oswald Dodd (get it?) that is boiling of hate and angst because of his work. He hates everyone he works with, and most of all he hates his students. He wishes them nothing but harm and would more than anything put them up against the wall and give them each a headshot. But there is one bright spot in the masses - his student Lillian. Lillian is a girl that Geoffrey has an eye on without her knowing it, and he plans to run away with her. All he have to do is give her his love letter.
It's really well so everything becomes pretty disturbing. The entire film is narrated by Geoffrey's mind, telling us how much he hates everything and what he wants to do about it. This is a role that Robert Nolan (you might remember him from "Severance") does flawlessly. He has the movie on his shoulders and does a great job carrying it. The acting alone makes this movie worth while.
The movie is far from graphic, all we really see is some blood, but what it lacks in violence, it makes up for in psychological terror. What disturbs me about it isn't the fact that he wants to kill the people in his surrounding, but that he's such a normal teacher on the outside. It makes me think of all the teacher's out there that share his thoughts (even if not to the extreme). I know I hate a lot of people I meet and wouldn't mind some bad things coming their way. People are annoying, it's almost a fact.
"Worm" is one of the best shorts films I have seen in a long time. I would put this film up there with great psychological shorts like "Melancholy Baby", another film I highly recommend people look into. I can't think of another short film from this year (2010) that says so much in so little time as "Worm" did. It's a punch in the face to snotty kids and might make you think twice about the people that have to deal with you on an everyday basis.