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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 03.25.11] France post apocalyptic

Year: 2010
Directors: Mathieu TURI
Writers: Mathieu TURI
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Trailer: link
Review by: agentorange
Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Having worked behind the scenes of some very big movies including G.I. Joe, Inglorious Basterds and Hereafter, Mathieu TURI is no stranger to the film world. Sons of Chaos though is the French director's first foray into directing and after watching it it's clear that the man is one to watch out for. Running at 14 minutes, the story of a young warrior sent into the post-apocalyptic wilderness to accomplish three dangerous tasks is effective in its simplicity and does exaclty what a short should: Showcase the filmmakers talents. In this case those talents include stellar production design, visual FX integration a knack for staging real pulse-pounding tension.

The story takes place in a devastated future, but you can tell TURI is really telling an old samurai tale here. The kind of story where an old master trains a young disciple to take his place roaming the land. Here, the disciple must accomplish three tasks. The first is to find a building. Ok, sounds easy enough. The second is to get onto the roof. Okay, sure. Check. The third is to kill a "Howler." Okay, sounds... wait, what? What the hell is a Howler?

As far as I can tell a Howler is a crazy mofo in a gas mask that carries a big ass machete and wants to kill everything. TURI doesn't take it into monster makeup territory, but there's definitely something monsterous about this thing and whenever it appears on the screen it is genuinely scary.

As with every good short film, the devil's in the details and you can tell that TURI knows this because the costumes and props are very well detailed and he integrates just the right amount of visual FX to give you a sense of a larger world out there beyond the hills.

All in all, Sons of Chaos is a very well made short by a new talent. It's also another win for the RedOne camera system. The film looks pretty swell.

We're trying to get Mathieu to let us host the entire film for you guys to check out, but as yet no dice. He was kind enough to give us the first 2:30 from the film though, so enjoy!

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RalphLockwood (7 years ago) Reply

Very, very cool! Looks good 2 & 1/2 minutes in!


Starbreaker (3 years ago) Reply

Nope... Sorry

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