Review: Wireless

Written and directed by Erdeniz Tunç, co-written by Baran Uygur, (both of whom also star in the film) while Melih is trying to keep up with an undeveloped city, Hakan has to keep up with the development of technology. Also starring: Ali Tuna Yilmaz, Birkan Demircan and Giray Arfundali.

For a short film this one spends a little too long setting up its story, it’s a tone that could have been achieved quicker to give more time to what follows. It’s a problem that pervades the progression on the story as it doesn’t make inherently clear its goal or destination. Although its intentions may be fairly unclear, it does still manage to build a good amount of tension. It also has some classic elements of the dangers of an immensely advanced age, loss of privacy and the invasion of big brother. However, at the same time, they’re not necessarily new avenues, they’ve been fairly often traversed in modern cinema.

The visual style is ambitious, it uses a great deal of CGI to set its futuristic tone and the quality if very admirable for a small budget short. However, when it then returns to a more everyday visual, the two clash and the result prevents the film from having a smooth flow to its progression. It can also feel as though it’s overusing close ups, it perhaps needed to take a step back and give a little more breathing room to make it feel less contained. The clashing of styles isn’t helped by the live action content being very handheld and fairly shaky, which doesn’t work so well with the cleaner, sleek style of its futuristic side.

There isn’t a large amount of acting to judge here, they’re very brief moments and some of them don’t even take place fully in shot. It can still be somewhat wooden, but there’s little time to make too much of an impression. The dialogue also tends to take away from the tension, with the sound quality being less polished it doesn’t match with the modern, sharper tone of the CGI content.

Wireless is aiming a little too high, it has some solid elements but everything doesn’t quite come together. Trying to match live action, on the street shots with a computer generated future is a very difficult thing to do on a limited budget and unfortunately the two simply don’t gel here. It’s an interesting attempt but with the clashing visual and the story not being clear on what it’s trying to achieve, it can’t quite connect.

Verdict: ✯✯| 4/10

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