Indie filmmakers are having a great time with the rise of the streaming screen market. With that said, Indie filmmakers are looking at various genres to bring out stories that they always wanted to say, whether it is about a social cause or just a story that questions the basics that we know – one of them being that we are the only evolved living beings in this constellation.
Neill Blomkamp made his name with District 9, an indie horror/scifi/zombie film that was a runaway hit and became a landmark in the world of indie films. Post that, his work is gold and has become a benchmark for exquisitely produced short films.
What’s WOW: His latest short, ‘Rakka’ once again is about aliens, humans, dystopian futures and everything else that makes such films interesting. ‘Rakka’ stars Sigourney Weaver, who’s making quite some appearances in sci-fi films like Alien and Avatar and other cult favourite films like Ghostbusters. ‘Rakka’s screenplay does a good job of introducing the story to the viewers. Even those who don’t know how films about sci-fi and alien invasion works, the first two minutes of ‘Rakka’ is enough for them to become sci-fi fans.
The film is equal parts gory and intense. The kind of CGI work that we see in Rakka is incredible. It’s heartwarming to see such high quality CGI in a film that’s essentially a short film on a streaming platform. Sci-fi and slasher fans are in for a good time with this short. But, if you are not into seeing some thrust, stab and gore, this film isn’t for you.
What’s Blah: We couldn’t find anything wrong with this short film.
Parting Shot: ‘Rakka’ is the way ahead for the realm of short films. We just hope more and more filmmakers take this as a way ahead.
Cast: Sigourney Weaver
Director: Neil Blomkamp
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