Written by: Mut Asheru
Awesome short film alert! AFTERMATH by writer-director Jeremy Robbins is a visually stunning drama that is rich and captivating. Ringing in at about 20 minutes there’s not one dull moment to be had as we delve into the reality of two brothers who are now trying to survive in what is obviously hostile environment.
It’s a coming of age “and you too shall become a man” tale that raises the “what would you do in this type of situation?” question. The younger brother Jem (Noah Robbins) clearly doesn’t agree with his older brother Cody’s (Will Rogers) methods of keeping them alive. Until one day…after all the math is done he has to walk in his brother’s shoes.
Very well written and acted so far this short is one of the best things I’ve seen at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival, the actors do a terrific job of translating their thoughts and feeling for the audience with their bodies and eyes as the dialogue here is minimal. They turn in gripping performances. And Rogers charismatic turn as the bear of a big brother is indeed weighty and solid.
The cinematography, colorization and location also play key characters as they adeptly help paint the picture of what the missing back-story would have told us.
It’s very clear that the older brother loves the younger and will do his damndest to protect him.