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quietearth [Celluloid 11.05.07] review short scifi

Year: 2007
Director: Mark Cheng
Writers: Mark Cheng
IMDB entry: IMDB
Trailer: link
Amazon link: N/A
Short homepage: link (and purchase movie for $9.99)
Review by: quietearth
Rating: 7 out of 10
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Key Characters:
Lee (Rey Oliver Bune)
Chavez (Anthony Arbaiza)
Dack (David Potashnik)
Huron (Nathan Faudree)
Warnock (Joe Barbagallo)
Willie (Brianna Shaughnessy)

Set in the year 2055 where artificial intelligence has been developed, society depends heavily on technology and is very vulnerable as a result, so the federal government regulates all software programming. The Homeland Security Cyber Crime Division investigates breaches of this nature, including unleashing AI into the wild. An elite squad, known as division 9 which is all organic (no cyber enhancements) is sent out on one of these missions.

The Story:
Specialist Lee joins division 9 for a high priority assignment, to detain a person of interest, a hacker. This hacker is rumored to be letting an AI loose into a military network which cannot be allowed. Lee has joined because he is a computer psychologist, and after alot of joking around, the crew is off on its mission.

Their target is at a warehouse leased by the Chechnyan government. The assignement is a priority level 2 which means that any division 9 member is expendable over their target. As you can guess, this doesn't go over too well. The problem is they need to keep humanity at the top of the food chain, in charge of the technology. Chavez though has a differing opinion and thinks that AI has the same rights as humans. There's not much more I can say, but it's a good watch.

The Rating:
First off there are some inside jokes and great talk for those into computers and technology and the film was very innovative with the dialogue. This is only a 30 minute short film, but the design is amazing and the acting is pretty well done. Mark is obviously talented, so let's hope his first foray into film isn't his last. We always showcase these cool short films, and this one you can actually see for yourself. It's on sale, just look at the beginning of the post! 7 out of 10.

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