Alternate universes have always been of great interest to me. There is nothing so intriguing as the concept that there are an infinite number of ourselves out there, living their best and worst lives. The World Over captures this idea in a uniquely horrifying way, and honestly, I can’t get enough of it.
Reclusive (and potentially agoraphobic) Cass is expecting a baby with her long-term boyfriend, Jules. But their quiet life turns upside down when they find a doorway to another universe in their very own house. Jules decides to go through the door and see what lurks on the other side, but when he fails to return, it’s up to Cass to find him. But instead, she comes face to face with an alternate version of herself.
I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing many short films over these past few years, but I can honestly say that The World Over is, without a doubt, the best short I have ever seen. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I desperately wish it was feature length. I want to see more!
That being said, the story works surprisingly well as a short, especially when you consider the complexity of the subject matter. Writer and director Heath C. Michaels crafts this story so ingeniously that the plot flows effortlessly, enthralling its audience from the first frame to the last. By the end of this film you’ll be on the edge of your seat, begging for more, wondering to yourself what happens next. But at the same time, you’ll feel completely satisfied. It’s a difficult combination to master, but this short nails it.
The cast comprises of only two characters, Cass and Jules, and the range of the actors astounds me. In a mere 17 minutes, Tess Granfield and Brett Keating are able to make us both love and fear their characters. When you’re dealing with multiple versions of the same character, the audience can get lost and confused in no time. But the actors portray these versions so distinctly and convincingly, it’s easy to follow along. We can go from rooting for them to rooting against them in two seconds flat, and that’s quite a magnificent flurry of reactions to experience.
Michaels takes us on a short journey of stunning complexity that you’ll want to immerse yourself in time and time again. The World Over is so beautifully written, horrifying in its questioning of morality and curiosity. Bone-chillingly haunting with the perfect tinge of melancholia. I would say more, but at risk of spoiling the inspired plot twists, let me just say this. The World Over is 17 minutes of thrilling cinematic perfection, and, unquestionably, the best short film I have ever seen. It will have its world premiere at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea on July 15th, 2018. This is not one you want to miss!
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