Julien Neaves, Caribbean Head Writer
Plot: After a young MP is shot dead a young man is pursued by a mob of residents.
Context: Two weeks ago I reviewed the Jamaican short film Sunday, one of seven short films by six directors featured in the 2012 anthology film Ring Di Alarm which was created by New Caribbean Cinema. For this article we have another of the seven films, My Vote, which was written and directed by Joel Burke. And while both films feature gun-wielding young men being pursued by mobs they focus on different aspects (My Vote is set mostly in the chase while Sunday spends more time dealing with the impact of the pursuit) and take different directions.
Review: With just a six minute runtime I can’t get really get into plot details. I can say O’neil Peart does a fantastic job portraying man-on-the-run Akeem. You feel every drop of his terror and utter desperation. And as he moves from misadventure to misadventure neither he nor the audience is given much time to breathe, which I suspect was what writer/director Joel Burke intended. And speaking of Burke, kudos to him for including not one, but two twists in such a short film.
And I also appreciated the use of subtitles. While I may be fluent in Jamaican patois (*dusts shoulers*) the same cannot be said for all viewers, so the inclusion of subtitles will make the film more accessible. Mind you, the film has little dialogue to speak of (pun intended) but rather relies heavily in visual storytelling. And it is a very well told story at that.
Editor Jules’s Score: 8 out of 10
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Julien “Editor Jules” Neaves is a TARDIS-flying, Force-using Trekkie whose bedroom stories were by Freddy Krueger, learned to be a superhero from Marvel, but dreams of being Batman. I love promoting Caribbean film (Cariwood), creating board games and I am an aspiring author. I say things like “12 flavours of awesome sauce”. Read more.