Short Film of the Day June 1, 2021
thriller · Short Films
The Fall Line offers itself as a thriller that smoothly steers clear of the low hanging fruits of the genre. Instead of taking refuge in a jarring background score or heady visuals, it brings to life a world marked by an eerie silence and muted palettes. Read Less
Two rangers, Everette and Murphy, are wintering in a remote cabin at a national park. They are distinctly portrayed with opposing personalities, further revealed by the differing effects of the physical and mental isolation on them. The patience in one is offset by the annoyance in the other, if one's verbosity is notable, the other is defined by his laconic demeanour. It is precisely in this manner that the narrative draws you into its disconcerting developments without your being able to put a finger on what is exactly amiss.
The progression of events so far allows the film to succeed at invoking unease in the viewer, fulfilling its aim as a thriller. The final product thus becomes an engagement with the internal, disturbing aspects of the human mind more than the external, overt tools that are often employed within this specific realm of storytelling.