A young man’s plan to steal money goes awry, thanks to his unstable robot in the short film Electric Faces. Check out our review after the jump.
Although he has failed as a criminal in the past, Tom (Euan Bennet) plans the heist that he believes could better the life for his family, all he needs is someone to guard the door of the café where the heist will take place. When he is turned down by his old friend Lucas (John Gaffney), Tom has to rely upon using a robot called Hugh. The only thing is, Hugh wasn’t exactly built for crime and is more inclined to help people than steal from them.
Directed by Johnny Herbin, Electric Faces is a very funny and mesmerising short film. Think Trainspotting meets Short Circuit and you’re on the right wave length. Set in a futuristic Scotland, the film has humorous dialogue and some fantastic visual effects. Massive billboards and flying cars, like those in Blade Runner, can be seen, alongside some brilliantly visualised robots. If I asked you the readers to explain what they think a robot of the future would look like, I doubt anyone would describe a human-like body with a cardboard box for a head, with the front of the box taken up by a large screen. It sounds more Daft Punk than Ridley Scott, but it works fantastically.
Returning to the visual effects, those in Electric Faces put many big budget features to shame. It’s even more remarkable when you realise that Electric Faces was made for just a paltry sum of £600. It just goes to show what talent and a hard work ethic can achieve.
The performances are all great in this short, though some people may find the broad Scottish accents are little hard to decipher. The grading, sound and edit are all extremely well done too.
In short, Electric Faces is a great short film and is now a front runner for being one of my favourites of 2016, even though we are only in February. After all, how often do you get the chance to see a science fiction film set in Scotland?