Sunday, March 23, 2008


HALF LIFE, a 2005 short from writer/director Jeremy Breslau, is a well-shot but ultimately anemic film about a fraternity pledge who must procure a corpse's finger as part of his initiation. Nothing new there, but the setting--a forensic center's body farm in the middle of the woods--promises a few chills. Too bad the brightly-lit exteriors lack atmosphere, and the action too slow, to really be effective.

The story's climax also drops the ball, its potentially frightening situation dampened by the asshole frat members' bickering and its truncated, ambiguous conclusion. Maybe if Breslau would've gotten us a little closer to the zombies, or given them more to do, this short could've been better.

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