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Watch: 'Tears In The Rain' Sci-Fi Short Film Inspired by 'Blade Runner'

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February 20, 2017

Tears In The Rain Sci-Fi Short Film

"I would know if I was a replicant!" We're always on the lookout for good sci-fi short films. Tears In The Rain is an intriguing little short from South Africa that is clearly directly inspired by Blade Runner, set in the world of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. This short was made on a budget of only $1500 which is crazy impressive, and it looks great. I wish there was more taking place outside on the streets, but it's still cool to see a well-made short film set in this world, and I can always appreciate some fascinating dialogue. This gets deep into the themes from the original novel about free will and whether or not our memories are real, and if we would know that we're a robot, or are just designed to think we're real.

Tears In The Rain Poster Art

Original synopsis for the short: "In a dystopian Los Angeles future, retirement engineer John Kampff (Sean Cameron Michael) hunts down suspected Replicant Andy Smith (Russel Savadier). As John soon learns, Replicant detection is nearly impossible without specialist equipment." Tears In The Rain is directed by South African filmmaker Christopher Grant Harvey, learn more about him on his website; screenplay by Christopher Grant Harvey and Evan James Dembskey. With music composed by Siddhartha Barnhoorn, and additional music by Neon Vandal. Starring Sean Cameron Michael & Russel Savadier. The poster art is made by Kelvin Liew. For info on the short, visit the official site. To see more shorts, click here. Thoughts?

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  • Bo
    The only thing I liked about this short was the music. I had trouble right from the beginning with the main actor. To me, that's always the major problem with most shorts in that the actors are not trained, experienced and professional actors. I didn't see any kind of inner life with this actor. I didn't care for his choices and facial expressions or how he delivered his lines. As far as his character I didn't care for him and his obvious disdain and lack of compassion and empathy for replicants. It seemed to over played and I didn't buy the easy resolution or whatever it was in the end. I didn't like the guy as I found him to be a jerk and could care less about him. Bad choice of both actor and the way to portray this character...in my humble opinion of course...lol... The other guy was okay, but a little obvious in that I could tell he was always 'acting'. The whole bird thing was really totally unnecessary and the only showing it in isolated close ups and never with the guy in the booth revealed the making of a short with a lack of money, which is okay and understandable, but still threw me out of the piece whenever the bird shots occurred. So why have it? No real reason to have the bird and not be able to do it convincingly. Again, I've rarely seen a short I was impressed with, especially the writing and the talent of the actors. This one was no different. I do wish them well in their future endeavors though, but don't expect much. Who knows?
    • One of the most level headed and fair critiques I have read on this site in regard to any subject. Kudos.
      • Bo
        Well, thank you very much. Very kind words indeed! Cheers!
  • DAVIDPD
    Maybe they're both robots because the acting was stiff AF.
  • Really not that great...
  • Бабак
    Collateral damages of computer graphics in every-bodies hand....

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