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Rakka (2017)

Not Rated | | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 June 2017 (USA)
A tale of a dystopian future where an unknown alien group have colonised the earth and humans struggle to fight back.

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Nosh
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A tale of a dystopian future where an unknown alien group have colonised the earth and humans struggle to fight back.

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Oats is the name of the production studio created by feature film director writer and producer Neill Blomkamp. Oats Studio will release what Blomkamp calls experimental short sci-fi films, the first of which is Rakka. See more »

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its improvement i guess
22 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have no idea what is with me and Neill Blomkamp. I love District 9, but everything hes made after that has been nothing but underwhelming. And unfortunately the same goes for this.

First thing, it feels like the first third of this short is nothing but an exposition dump. And I can understand why they had to do that, but heres the thing. If your going to create a short film with all of this world building and complex ideas. Why don't you just make it a movie so you could go a bit more in depth? Though to be honest, since most of Blomkamp's films haven't been having the best reception it probably was a movie before.

Some of the writing felt somewhat clichéd and forced in a couple of areas (mainly the exposition bit), the cinematography was about as pleasing to look at as staring at puke colored cement. Plus there were more than a few awkward edits.

Now while I mainly have negatives to say about this, there is one thing that was done well enough that I feel talking about that aspect in particular. Which is the VFX. I feel like Blomkamp while fantastic with making a film as a whole, has always excelled at VFX. Even with District 9 the effects were great with the budget they had. And I'm assuming this one didn't have that massive of a budget. But even then, the effects work is stunning in more than a couple of areas.

Rakka had a lot of potential, but was bogged down by its execution and limitations as a short film. This really is something I feel would benefit from being a feature film.

48/100


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