A true action film, this one wasn't just meeting us halfway.
I liked how we weren't quite sure who the main character was in the beginning. The opening fight could have gone either way, and it was awesome to find out we were going to have a herione lead. All the performance were convincing and they had the perfect cast to pull the film off.
I have never used this word before but I believe the film had great mise en scene. If I am using this word incorrectly, than replace it with juxtaposition. The shots of the kids playing rugby didn't have a lot to do directly with the film, but they added to it greatly, and were symbolic of the tackles and the heroine was encountering. I was very impressed with the herione, she was athletic, sexy, brave and all the things you could expect from an action star.
This story did follow a rather cliche storyline, but the fight scenes were so well choreographed that it almost seemed to be a better version of the stories it was copying. The daughter had a very good face for film and could pull of all those slow motion shots of her smiling or looking into the distance.
This film like many were let down by poor camera work. Focus was especially bad in this film. On several ocasions the focus would miss the character, try to pull back, miss again, try to pull back. If this happens, shoot it again. Give the focus puller a practice shot so they can try keep the characters in focus, as this can be extremely hard using a lot of the cheap lenses offered for DSLR cameras, that have a very small focus ring. Also those new to using cameras with depth of field, can be tempted to think that the out of focus look is interesting; this is true for some shots, but 9 times out of 10 it is much more impressive to see a character run across the screen in focus for the whole shot.
Also exposure was very inconsistent. We were watching impressively captured shots of the herione racing on her motorcycle, but every time we cut between shots the exposure and colour completely changed. Many shots were overexposed and when the subject is women dressed in black on a black motorcyle, there should be no need for overexposure. Throughout this film I saw many shots that weren't captured perfectly and should have been reshot, though of course we do only have 48 hours and there was a lot of locations visited for this short, so I probably shouldn't be so fussy.
As a last note, a better prop gun could have been used, as this one was clearly a fake and pulled me out of the well constructed atmosphere, but this is probably of no fault of the team.
A very well directed short, with better fight scenes than I've seen in most movies, and a story that I would actually be very interested to see a sequel too. I want to know what happens!