Cinemalaya 2020 goes virtual this year because of Covid-19, and the focus is “removed” from full length feature films to give “chance” to short films (which are in the main competition).
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“Fatigued” – by James Robin M. Mayo – is a short flick that uses… shall we say, the approach of shoot-to-kill POV games for its self-help narrative.
Whether this works or not is dependent on your taste.
ISSUES WORTH HIGHLIGHTING
This first-person approach to filmmaking isn’t exactly new, so this isn’t an untrodden territory. Think “Hardcore Henry”, Lara Croft iterations, Resident Evil flicks, and even footage-found horror flicks we’re all familiar with (like the “Blair With Project”).
So when this… very short novelty wears off, you see the… flaws.
- Storytellers are often told to “show, don’t tell”; let the audience draw their own WHATEVER from the story. Having said that, this film often “dictates”.
For instance: It tells you that “In this fast-paced world, life is a race” even if you don’t really get that sense of being in a race (unless you consider people walking in a busy intersection as being in a race). It tells you we’re “deprived by the government of social security and victim of labor malpractices”, though we’re only really presented with a shot of the back of a person seated while waiting for his transpo.
- Delivery is… forced – e.g. “Mag-isip ka ng magagandang alaala.” This is how AIs would sound like if, in the future, humans continue not giving it human emotions.
I remember watching Ani in Cinemalaya 2019, and thinking: How did this film pass Cinemalaya at all?
This film isn’t horrid at all, the way ANi was; in fact, it has good things about it.
- It’s an “interactive film”; so kudos for wanting to try something different…
- Using gaming POV/first-person approach in pushing what narrative there is may not be new, but for a Filipino to do this, I suppose this counts…
IN THE END…
Right at the very start of this short film, I already thought: This is what you’d be forced to watch if you’re in a self-help session.
After finishing the film, that’s still what I think.
It works for some; but for others… not so much. So it’s your call if you wanna check out out or not.