I thought this was a good attempt at a serious film but I don't remember a dolly zoom or toy but I may have genuinely missed it.
Suffered from bad sound.
Sorry thats all the notes I have on this one.
His Last Game is a serious attempt at a bio pic - I gotta give this team props for tackling recent current events - and while the plot of this true story of the Virgina Tech killer. Serious is hard, and this team did their best with the hard genre Bio Pic, although I couldn't help but feel it could have been better suited to previous genre 'based on a true story' as a bio pic usually tells of a life, and this story pretty much only really told the story of a death.
Seemed a heartfelt effort though, with a message but avoiding preachiness, and I respect that.
Wow, this is one bold film. An entry from a University club, the bio-pic takes on a very serious subject and attempts to document the circumstances leading to the killing spree committed by Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech in April 2007. There were some moments in this film I thought were really solid - Seung-Hui's acting when talking with the (too young to be real) councilor - very solemn and believable. But despite being (perhaps too) realistic, the film also suffered from both under and over-acting, where no characters were likeable and no character action seemed justified. An ambitious project and a decent result, well done.
I liked that this team tackled such a serious subject. My biggest criticism would be that the Auckland University signage was too prominent in most of the shots. I also felt that it didn't really fit the genre as it was more just focused on the 2 days prior to the shooting. I am keen to see where this team goes from here.
Pretty brave subject matter here from Auckland Uni’s Korean filmmaking group. The film chronicles the final few days in the life of Cho Seung Hui before he committed the horrific massacre at Virigina Tech in 2007. The subject matter is handled here with respect, never actually going the exploitative route and showing the killings. However, I found the approach they took with humanising Cho kind of weird, with the film essentially putting 100% per cent of the blame onto his peers – who Cho attempts many times throughout the film to befriend. Perhaps when handling such a heavy subject matter, a little more research would have helped.
A very brave attempt at depicting the final days of the Virginia Tech shooter, this film didn't entirely fit the genre, but I do appreciate that they didn't show the actual killings - I felt like that would have been a step too far. Not a bad short.