If you had to choose one sub-genre within horror that would be inclined to have cliches, then you wouldn’t be alone in choosing Zombies. After all, they have become so popular that they have appeared across all different mediums. However, the problem is, they usually follow the basic formula of a person/group trying to survive in a world overrun by zombies. It’s done, it’s boring, etc. When it comes to Hope, you get something much different.
The plot follows as: a senseless wandering ghoul roaming through a world of the hunger-less undead and accepting yet resentful humans will soon discover a craving that leaves him completely and utterly without hope.
At first glance, it seems like a simple short film that does a basic role-reversal; but when you tear you down and look underneath, it is much more than that; it’s a social commentary on topics that are so relevant today: racism and immigrants.
And while that may seem like a lot to go through, the script is perhaps what makes this short so great. The serious message is layered with sublet and wonderful comedy that it takes you’re mind away from it, though quickly drawing you back in toward the end to remind you of its main purpose. And that’s how you determine a good film over a bad one — it doesn’t preach to you yet gets the message across at the same time.
Aside from that, the acting is wonderful, even from two young girls (where you wouldn’t expect it). There is no dialogue, except from some outstanding narration, but this doesn’t allow it to get bogged down due to sublime pace.
Hope is an extraordinary piece of work for a short film: it’s script is focused and relevant, the acting is top notch and it’s funny without silly gags. It’s no mystery as to why this short film has won so many awards.
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