Sundance 2013: ‘The Apocalypse’ – A mind-blowing, head-exploding idea
Written and Directed by Andrew Zuchero
Many filmmakers attempt to do too much with a low-budget, short film. Worse yet, some will often make their short too long. While short films in theory are far more easy to produce than feature films, they do present an artist with one major roadblock: Trying to cram a clever story into so little time isn’t an easy task. While many shorts use the same structure and story telling techniques as longer films, the film’s turning points come at a much quicker pace. Therefore, a five minute film, should have less than a minute worth of exposition. The most successful shorts are those that concentrate on a simple idea. In The Apocalypse, written and directed by Andrew Zuchero, an idea can be deadly, and the beauty of the film is how Zuchero spins a very simple idea into something far more twisted.
The word “apocalypse” literally means “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”. In most movies dealing with the end of the world, the end is usually brought about by something natural, spiritual or man-made. The Apocalypse however, delivers a fresh take on the genre. Not unlike a ray of unexpected sunshine – even if in the face of the annihilation of the entire human race, The Apocalypse is consistently entertaining and sporadically hilarious.
The Apocalypse sees four uninspired friends trying to think of a way to spend a boring afternoon. Is it a hilarious, frightening metaphor for cultural decay? Or perhaps the message is to not take life so seriously. Life is short and we should enjoy our time but spend it well. Or maybe it is just best not to over-think it? Whatever the case, brace yourself for what is a load of fun. This bloody good satire with loads of wit will leaving viewers wishing for more. And yes heads will explode.
Starring Martin Starr, Ella Rae Peck, Kate Sheil, Ben Pike, Chanel Michaels and Duke Dlouhy, with Marc Smerling, John Williams, Christopher Ford, Airon Armstrong, Aaron Caiazza, Flag The Bird and Dave Jacobson The Dog
Limited only by run time, and driven by innovation and experimentation, short films transcend the rules of conventional storytelling. From cutting-edge animation to the best in Native and documentary cinema, the Sundance Shorts Programs call out filmmaking’s most original imaginations.