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The short film Wormhole by Jezebel Pictures pulls us in from the very beginning as we are thrown into a whirlwind journey. Written and directed by Jessica Sharzer, Wormhole is an intriguing little snapshot of a broken family. Filled with emotional trauma, loss, and the hope for a change, the short film shows a young boy named Wally (TJ Sullivan) trying to overcome the kidnapping of his younger brother Micheal. In only twenty minutes we are given a full story of young Wally’s introduction to the concepts of light, dark, and the connection of black and white holes to create wormholes. Thus, we begin a wild chase to find one of his own, in order to bring back his missing brother.
As the story opens we are on a busy street, in the middle of a fight, between two parents over their son. We later learn that a past day on the beach led to the tragic kidnapping of young Michael, leaving the family in turmoil and worried for their remaining son, Wally. An over protective mother (Claire Beckman) pushes Wally away with what he interprets as resentment and hatred. While a loving, supportive grandmother (Suzanne Shepherd), calms and helps the confused boy to learn his own special way to cope with the loss of Michael. Wally gets his idea of finding a wormhole after listening to a lesson of his grandmother’s during a visit to where she teaches. Throughout the rest of the short film we see Wally search frantically for the wormhole that he has begun to believe will lead him to Michael.
The quality of the filming is very well done with some very smooth transitions between scenes. The dark tone of the film also makes for a solemn atmosphere, while the flashbacks to the day on the beach are brighter and bring forward what appear to be happier times for the family. I really enjoyed common pieces that stayed throughout the film such as the yo-yo. It adds a childish nature to the film and brings out the idea that maybe it once belonged to Mike as it was present in most scenes, and transferred hands often between the mother and Wally.
The film quickly transitions to flashbacks of his family happy on a beach enjoying the sun’ both in the beginning while first driving away from father, as well as throughout the film. I loved these flashbacks because they really helped to keep the story going. Especial the in medias res style of starting in the middle of things, then going back through these flashbacks to reveal what happened as we proceed through the story. There are plenty of other exciting events, but I won’t spoil anything, and let you experience it firsthand.
Finally, with so many strong emotional pulls from all of the actors and actresses, as well as a relate-able and understandable, and moving story we see how tragic situation can be overcome with the help of those around us. Overall, a very good short film worth watching!