The film «KRIM” by the young Austrian director Manuel Hüttner lasts only ten minutes but contains a multi-layered story. The authors of the film tried to make high-quality sci-fi with a small budget. From the first frames, the viewer understands that the action takes place in the future. The film combines Thriller, sci-fi, and cyberpunk elements. Also, the authors of the film raise questions of morality and responsibility, but they do it unobtrusively and almost imperceptibly.
The plot and atmosphere of the film somehow develop in the mainstream of Hollywood fiction. All the characters in one form or another have already been met in many films. In addition, the style and subject matter of this work have much in common with the cult TV series «Black mirror».
What is the background of the main story? So, there is a new war in the near future. Agent Arina Ambrumova (Tamara Semzov), a combat biorobot, was out of order on a military mission. After her return to base, her commander Professor
(Michael Rast) and his Android assistants conduct an interrogation. During the task, the girl lost her memory, and the Professor tries to find out what happened to her.
During the interrogation, an increasing conflict between Arina and the Professor is revealed. The Professor represents a totalitarian system. It is part of a military machine. The success of the military is determined by the number of corpses on the opposite side. However, Arina had a program failure, and instead of programmed
behavior, the human element appeared.
Arina refuses to be the same and rebels against the system. It turns out that biorobots are also capable of tender feelings. Android Viktor (Benjamin Bliemegger), feeling sympathy for Arina, and helps her overcome the system.
From a technical and aesthetic point of view, the film is made at a high professional level. The wonderful performance of all the actors makes you believe in the reality of the film universe. Artistic solutions of interiors look very stylish
and atmospheric. At the same time, there is nothing superfluous in the frame. All the details are thought out and help create the necessary atmosphere but do not distract attention.
Martin Reicht, director of photography, showed great skill. He works superbly with light and image in a confined space and together with the director creates convincing art images. As for special effects, they may be superfluous. It is clear
that a short indie film cannot and should not create special effects on the level of Hollywood blockbusters. However, cheap and primitive special effects are largely useless to anyone now. Perhaps, in certain situations, the director should make a principal decision and refuse to use special effects. At the same time, the cinema can show the state of change in the hero’s consciousness without SFX. This decision already requires finding a unique cinematic language.
Any film that interprets the future provokes an exploration of the fundamental issues of modern society. We are forced to ask questions about where humanity is going. In this work, the themes of humanism are raised. So this film is much
deeper than it seems at first glance. This work also talks about the relationship between biorobots and their creator, that is, man. And it looks like a warning. There are boundaries that humanity should never cross, even if the technical capabilities allow it to do so.