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The Raven

Posted by Mick on May 1, 2010 – 4:36 pm

This should really go on the CyberMonkeyDeathSquad site, but it’s not quite finished yet, I don’t want to put anything else on the old one, and I don’t feel like waiting.

Have you seen The Raven?  If you’re first thoughts are of Vincent Price and Edgar Allen Poe, that’s cool.  If you immediately thought “What about me? What About Raven?“, that’s very cool.  However, neither of those are what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about the short film by Peruvian director Ricardo de Montreuil.  The one that’s all the rage on the interwebs.

Not bad.  The story is a little derivative.  The script is a bit bare.  As a short film, this is very disappointing.  It looks good, but it’s all flash with no substance.  As a trailer, it’s little better.  As a business card, it’s damned impressive.

Watching The Raven, I couldn’t help but think of District 9, or more specifically, Alive in Joburg, the short film Neill Blomkamp made that turned into District 9.   At first, I think it’s the ship that appears to be hovering over the city.  Later, the guy picking up a car and using it as a weapon.  There’s a huge difference between the two, though.  Alive in Joburg tells a story.  At the end, you understand that the aliens arrived, they seem to be stranded, and integration is proving to be problematic. It’s a stand alone piece that was later adapted to a feature length project.

The Raven teases.  Something is up, but if you didn’t read the blurb included on the Facebook and YouTube pages, you might not be clear on what’s going on.  Clearly the Police want to catch this guy.  But why?  What did he do?  Why should I care if he gets away, or if he gets caught?  What’s going on?  It’s all questions, and I’m not that interested in the answers.  It’s an advertisement for a movie that hasn’t been made, a trailer for a movie that hasn’t been written.  A movie I don’t think I’m that excited about.

Did I say something about a business card?  The short was shot on a RED, The entire project put together with budget of $5000.  The title of the film is The Raven, but it might as well be Le Résumé. It’s not about Chris Black, aka The Raven.  It’s not really a short film.  It’s Ricardo de Montreuil’s calling card to Hollywood.  Someone give this guy a good story and a better budget, let’s see what he can do.

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