Directed: Justin Rettke
Starring: Christopher T. Wood & Deacon Ledges
It is the black of night outside. Nothing moves inside the apartment. Suspense music sets the scene. Then a tall, dark figure appears, an armed man quietly and deftly enters the apartment. He sits. He waits to carry out the task he has been set, with his weapon pointed at the door. Now all he has to do is wait patiently. And wait. And then wait a little more.
How does a hitman fill his time, when he has time to kill rather than a target? Does he do something befitting his dark and mysterious character? Does he plot other jobs, or does he sit calmly and tolerantly awaiting the time when he can carry out his grim job? Or does he do some yoga, take calls from his mother and friends and fix the annoying squeeky door?
This award winning short film explores this very concept. Written by Christopher T Wood, Scott Frank and Justin Rettke (Rettke also directs) the film gives the viewer an insight into the deadly hitman we so often see in feature films. The film offers a refreshingly humanistic viewpoint of a person that is dealing with the same problems and dramas as the rest of us, be it relationship problems, disillusion with work or an interfering mother.
The film effectively uses comedy to portray the person behind the gun and transform the hitman from a deadly killer to a likeable protagonist. Christopher T. Wood stars as the hitman and guides us through the film utilising both comedy and suspense to give a convincing performance as the troubled killer. Wood effectively depicts the main characters underlying vulnerability and an awkwardness that we would not normally see.
The film deserves the awards it has already been bestowed with and it sure to gain critical acclaim on its release for its sincere yet humorous portrayal of an individual and human nature. Make sure you give yourself time to see this film. We can promise you will not feel the need to fill time.