Monday, August 9, 2010

Toby Meakins - The Magic Mile (2005)

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Imaginative and engaging on a minimalist level, 15 September 2005
Author: bob the moo from Birmingham, UK

A deaf woman is walking along the beach on a dull and overcast day when she comes across a wheelchair sitting on the sand, bereft of an owner. She walks past it into an area of the beach where she suddenly can hear the noise all around her. She continues up the beach, amazed by this discovery, having forgotten about the wheelchair.

Minimalistic and yet imaginative, this short seems mere seconds long because it does such a good job of drawing you into the story with the greatest of ease. The magic mile appears to be part of a beach where illnesses vanish and, no, it isn't explained any more than that – there is no reason, no development, we only see the effect on the people who discover it. It sounds bad but it isn't but I can't easily explain why it isn't. The direction is simple but effective and the cast do a great deal with very little – particularly Dumayne, who is totally convincing throughout. It won't be to everyone's taste and for every person saying it is wonderful there will be one saying it is pointless. I'm somewhere in the middle I'd guess but it is certainly engaging and imaginative enough to be well worth a look.

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