Thin Places (2016) short film review

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There are other dimensions out there; you just need to know where to look to find them. We review Thin Places by A Diamond in the Rough Films.

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It’s always good to watch and review a new film by Mark Schwab and his fellow collaborators. We have had the pleasure of seeing many of their previous projects such as S.E.R.P, The Davenport Vampire, The Choice Point and The Ambassador of God; to name a few. Now we have seen the team’s latest effort – Thin Places.

Thin Places starts with a man (Mark Balunis) being interviewed by what we can only assume is a government agent – we have to assume as the person asking the questions is never on camera and their voice has been distorted. Balunis is telling the agent a story regarding how his friend (Robert Sean Campbell) went missing.

We are then shown flashback scenes on how the two men met at a coffee shop to talk about share investments and then back at the friend’s apartment, where he is informed by his friend that he knows where to locate the god particle and by finding it could open up a whole new world for them and everybody else on Earth, never mind a source of energy that could change the world forever.ThinPlacesPoster2 1 733x1024 Thin Places (2016) short film review

As with many of Mark Schwab’s films, Thin Places has a very interesting concept and a clever little screenplay. Whilst it may be dialogue heavy, laden with some exposition, we can forgive the team due to the fact that a budget wasn’t there to show rather than tell, but they do very well with what little they had. It doesn’t take a film critic or director to see that Mark Schwab and co are very capable filmmakers who are improving with their techniques with each short film they create.

The performances from Balunis and Campbell are both on point and it’s easy to see why Schwab like to use them in many of his productions. The cinematography is nice, as is the sound design. The editing, which was also done by Schwab, is stylish with some nice little tricks to show that the short film certainly falls into the science fiction genre to go along with the concept.

Overall, I’m becoming more impressed with A Diamond in the Rough films with every film they make. I’d love to see Thin Places recreated as a feature with a larger budget, one that will also allow the film to have some kind of closure or at least answer some questions, like just where do these dimension portals lead too?  Still, as a short, I thoroughly enjoyed Thin Places.

4 / 5 stars     

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