Watch: Comedic Sci-Fi Short 'Cost of Living' Starring Brandon Routh

February 14, 2012
Source: SlashFilm

Cost of Living Short

We've been featuring a lot of shorts recently, but there's a bunch of fantastic sci-fi ones that have ended up online recently. I first saw this one, BenDavid Grabinski's Cost of Living, at Fantastic Fest last year and loved it, it's a wild, hilarious, well-made 10-minute sci-fi short film starring Brandon Routh that I highly suggest watching as soon as you can. SlashFilm found the online full version for your viewing pleasure, and if you're looking for something original and fun, this is definitely it. In fact, this would make a great double feature with Cabin in the Woods, but check it out anyway. As it says on the Vimeo page: Please play loud.

It's self-explanatory, but here's a synopsis: Two young security guards at an unusual corporation have a bad night. Cost of Living is written & directed by up-and-coming filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski, currently working on a number of projects for his feature debut, also found on twitter @bdgrabinski. Actor Brandon Routh co-stars as Silas with Bret Harrison as Jerry, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as "The Computer's" voice. This played at numerous film festivals last year but is now online in full. To view a short behind-the-scenes featurette, go here. For more info, visit What did you think of that - awesome?

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That was great!  Cracked me up!

DeaD_mAn on Feb 14, 2012


I liked it. Looking forward to the sequel.

Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012


I dunno. It was alright I suppose.

Crapola on Feb 14, 2012


pretty fun. They could have shook the guns a bit when they shot them. They were juuuuust a bit too still for me.

Nick Sears on Feb 14, 2012


That was horrible.

Kaim on Feb 14, 2012



Benjy54 on Feb 14, 2012


wow...that was pretty boring.

msuhu on Feb 14, 2012


Those guys had more chemistry together in 10 minutes than most feature length films can produce.  I would definitely want to see more projects like this where dialogue and character interaction take a front seat to creature effects and expensive settings.

peloquin on Feb 14, 2012


wow, horrible, boring, unoriginal.

Marty - on Feb 14, 2012


kinda reminds me of this website i went on called

Jericho on Feb 14, 2012


I expected Roth to be more dominant. He did play Superman did he not? He acts like a noob. The other guy was more interesting. Disappointing.

Michael Shipley on Feb 14, 2012


Should have added a post credits teaser with a 5 second shot of Nebraska and a quote like "You never said anything about KILLER robots!!".

drnknjbbrsh on Feb 14, 2012


I'm Batmaaaaaaaaaaaan.  WTF was up with Routh's voice! Haha

Liquidspider1 on Feb 14, 2012


horrible acting, stupid dialogue... and 8 minutes constitutes "a bad night"? this is original? i weep for hollywood screenwriters. the best thing was the credits.

filmineeer on Feb 14, 2012


For those of you criticizing Routh's acting... He's kind of supposed to be husky and stilted like your traditional 'untouchable' badass action hero? I thought this point was made even more explicit when his sidekick said "you know you never get blood on you." I guess you just didn't 'get' it.

Cookery on Feb 15, 2012


Cookery got the point. Tongue in cheek all the way. 

Adam Weir on Feb 22, 2012

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