So this film is pretty goddam great with its only real downfall being a loooooong opening shot of a guy in bed before manically waking up and realising they have overslept and then running like mad to get to class. Played to the connotations of being late to school so expertly that when a new character comes into the scene their equal desperation puts us as a viewer in a 'been there, copy that' scenario. Only this film isn't that. It's electrifyingly paced to the point that you almost feel the lead's heart pumping out of their chest, and geographically it actually makes sense, utilising Newtown and hills near the zoo rather than haphazardly piecing Wellington together like I've seen so many teams do over the years.
I love the fact that this year there wasn't a required line of dialogue. In the past it's felt extremely shoehorned but this year it's allowed a lot of teams to focus on their scripts in other ways, such as visual storytelling. That is the case here with no dialogue but absolutely kinetic movement and a sure hand behind the camera that amazes me it was from a high school team. Oh and the sound on this was awesome. The brekky spew, not so much.