14 Days (2014) short film review

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14 Days is a film that features a range of characters in a series of short vignettes spanning the titular fortnight. Directed by Joseph Villapaz, we review 14 Days right here on Screen Critix.

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An unusual film, Joseph Villapaz gives us a film made up of short vignettes where a series of people meet up at the same location over 14 days – a park bench. The stories behind each set of characters all differ, yet they somehow tie the film together as one as well.

We meet a lesbian couple wanting a child, a pair of investigators, a woman who longs for her deceased partner and even an alien race. It may sound a bit “out there”, but it somehow works. The screenplay is decent and Villapaz knows how to write dialogue well but, due to budget problems, he sometimes has to add a bit of exposition in with him not being able to show the audience.

IMG 3112 Copy 2 2 851x1024 14 Days (2014) short film reviewThe acting by all the performers is pretty decent and some effects where good too. I also enjoyed some of the shots – especially the expensive-looking arial shots of the city.

14 Days does have its negatives too though. As expected, and again it is mainly down to money issues, the film can look and sound cheap in parts. Also, as the film is mostly set at the park bench, it can become a little monotonous at times. With the addition of an alien species, you want to see some crazy out-of-this-world visuals, but cash constraints won’t allow it.

Credit does have to go out to Joseph though, he has tried very hard with little and come out with something that is watchable and interesting, of which needs to be applauded. The man does basically everything. He wrote, directed and produced 14 Days and, if that wasn’t enough, he was also the boom operator too. Madness.

Overall, 14 Days is a decent film that maybe comes in a little too long (1 hour) and has its problems, but it is certainly worth a watch. I look forward to seeing what’s next from Mr Villapaz.

2.5 / 5 stars     

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