Palindrome (2017) short film review

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A married couple are on the verge of changing the world forever with their new invention – a teleportation device in the new Sci-fi short ‘Palindrome’ from Diamond in the Rough films.

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Ever since witnessing the likes of Captain Kirk and Spock being beamed from the Enterprise to different planets, the world has been interested in the possibility of teleportation. The ability to go from one place to another in a split second seems incredibly advantageous to all of human kind and, if ever a device was invented, the world would surely change forever more.

Scot and Mal (played by Jake Vincent and Casey Semple) are a very loving couple who are on the verge of greatness. They have invented a machine, dubbed “Palindrome” which has the ability to teleport items from one side of the room to the other in nanoseconds. They have a date to present their machine rapidly approaching and, if successful, their lives would take a huge turn for the better.

There is a problem though; Mal is suffering from short term memory loss and has difficulty remembering even the most recent of conversations. The couple seek the help of a local doctor (Mark Schwab) and are given a temporary solution in the form of medication.

What I love about Diamond in the Rough Films is their ability to surprise. They like to think outside of the box when it comes to the plot of each production they undertake. They work on miniscule budgets but use their imagination in creating scenarios and characters. Each film is different even though the core group of actors and crew remain.Palindrome PosterFINAL 791x1024 Palindrome (2017) short film review

Taking up the directorial reigns on Palindrome is Mark Balunis. Balunis also directed the 2005 short Stygian, but we mostly recognise him as an actor from such productions as Thin Places, Choice Point, S.E.R.P. and The Davenport Vampire. He does a great job here whilst working with little in terms of a budget. Although some dialogue-heavy scenes may go on for a little too much time, they are blocked well.

I also enjoyed seeing the use of some nifty visual effects throughout Palindrome; the teleportation itself works well and I loved the ingenious way the team created the titles to show the passing of time. Instead of boringly stating that a week had passed with a simple fade-away title, they decided to paste it on the wall of a house in shot, or have it appear magically on a prop situated on a desk. The only visual effect that was super obvious to myself was the green screen used in the car scene to show passing buildings but I totally understand why it had to be used instead of shooting in an actual moving vehicle.

The screenplay is filled with natural and not forced dialogue and is performed by some great actors. The story is unique and has a good pay-off at the end. So, to finish up, I was impressed once again by the latest effort from Diamond in the Rough films. I hope they continue their trend of creating original and unique films for all to enjoy.

4 / 5 stars     

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