Fanatic (2015) short film review

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A retired special forces Major is reenlisted to help bring down a dangerous war criminal in the short film Fanatic. Check out our review after the jump.

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After leaving the armed forces in order to live a more simple life with his family, Major Doug Bormann (Duncan Airlie James) finds himself in an unwanted predicament. It seems a criminal whom Bormann had faced in the past has resurfaced in an Eastern European country and the government want Bormann’s help once more in bringing him down.

Of course, this doesn’t sit well with Amanda, Bormann’s wife. Apparently, she was promised by her husband that he would no longer take part in any special missions that could put their family’s life in danger.

Joining a crack team of soldiers, led by Captain Bill Marshall (Andrew McIntosh), Bormann once again finds himself in the middle of death, destruction and explosions, but all may not be what it seems.

Directed by Luke Aherne from a script that he wrote alongside John Jamieson, Fanatic is a beautiful looking and very well made short film. The cinematography by Alan McLaughlin is stunning to watch. You’d expect to see such shots and movement on a big budget action film, such as the Bourne series, but he brings the viewer right into the action here. To go alongside McLaughlin’s photography, the colour grade of Fanatic is also expertly done, with great usage of green and blue tones. I must also mention that the production design and costume design were both wonderful and fitting of the overall mood of Fanatic.Fanatic Poster 724x1024 Fanatic (2015) short film review

The editing of Fanatic is also really well done; especially during the set pieces as bullets fly around and explosives…well…explode. There were a couple of issues with pacing at times, when the film sometimes slowed right down, which a short film doesn’t (or shouldn’t) have the luxury due to lack of time available, but it wasn’t enough in swaying my mind, that this short film was very, very good.

I’m not sure what the budget for Fanatic was, but it looks as if a million pound was spent on it. I know that this will not be the case, and that it was probably made for a paltry sum. Yet the heart and talent that went into the production makes it tower over many other shorts.

My only real issue, without spoiling the film too much, is that there isn’t really an ending. Instead we see an explosion and are then told that the story is to be continued. I want to see what happens now. Give me part two!!!

To finish up, Fanatic is such a well-made short film; I’m sure it will pick up many accolades and turn many heads in the process.

4.5 / 5 stars     

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