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Get Broken by this Short Film

Published May 23, 2005 in Film Shorts
By Ryan Parsons | Image from Official Site
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I recently had the pleasure of watching a twenty-minute short film titled Broken by The Enigma Factory. The film, being created for the sole purpose of bringing cool action to the screen, also throws in cool little head twists and mind f@*ks for the ride.

A Look at Broken

Broken is directed by Alex Ferrari and was written by both Ferrari and Jorge F. Rodriguez. Before I get too deep into this film, here is the synopsis from the official site:

A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all, a great relationship, a challenging career, and the burden of a dream that grows more vivid and disturbing with each passing night. But when Bonnie is abducted by a sadistic stranger and his colorful entourage, she discovers that the key to her survival lies within the familiar realms of her recurring dream.

Now, judging solely from the synopsis, one can tell that Broken should at least be pretty twisted; and it is. However, I feel that a few of the elements in the above synopsis, though approached, were not indulged on enough. So, for the film short of Broken, you instead have a story that begins with the abduction of Bonnie [Samantha Jane Polay], who quickly finds herself in some undisclosed location strapped to a chair with a gun in her face.

Bonnie has no idea why she is there, even after the head bad dude tries to explain her situation. This then leads into a monologue from the antagonist [you know, the dragged out speech that a villain does just before he/she kills somebody] on the many possible things that he could do to Bonnie. However, during this exact same moment we encounter a ninja-looking character who is closing in on this same base of operations. While it is not explicitly stated until later, this heavily armed character is conducting a rescue operation for Bonnie.

Obviously, once this character in black enters the location where Bonnie is held captive, the action begins. The action for Broken is the centerpiece of the film that not only allows Ferrari to show off some cool cinematography, but some nice death scenes as well.

Soon after the action sequence for Broken, we are quickly introduced to a cool sort of mind f@*k I had mentioned earlier and the conclusion of the short film.

If not Broken, do not Fix

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Here are the two things that work for Broken-- action and cinematography. I am a huge fan of films that apply extremely cool and unique cinematography to a scene; and Alex Ferrari does just that. There were scenes in Broken that just blew my mind and made me wonder how they were able to do it with a budget under $10K. I can only imagine how much 'free time' a lot of the crew and cast must have put in to make this film work. Ferrari ends the film with similar cinema effects to allow Broken to have a 'proper' ending; an ending that leaves you thinking 'what the hell?'.

The only thing that lacks in Broken is a completely comprehensible story. There are moments in Broken where I just had no idea why some action or scene happened. Take for instance this example: when Bonnie gets extremely pissed her eyes turn to a lighter shade of blue. This fact is never explained, even though we get to see it happen. Because of this lacking element, Broken left me slightly confused but still very pleased with the final turnout of the film.

On the other hand, I cannot really blame the short film for the lack of depth in the story as it is a 'short' film, with only a little over fifteen minutes to get its idea across.

The last detail I'll approach is the acting and the characters. I liked the characters, even though one or two leave you with one impression at the beginning of the short, and give another impression by the end of the film. So, maybe some slight inconsistency there. When it comes to acting, probably your standard B-movie stuff. Some of the scenes conveyed perfect acting by the characters while some others were a little off. But again, it is probably the best acting you could get from a short film.

In the end, Broken is a wonderful short action film that strives to throw good action and great cinematography right in our faces. Even though it took Broken a couple minutes to get rolling, the film was a fantastic ride that I can only hope gets more funding so Alex Ferrari and Jorge F. Rodriguez can polish up some story and give this film true depth.

You can go to the official Broken website HERE, and check out the Broken trailer HERE.

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