Have you ever watched a sequel so bad, that it made you wonder what went through the studio executives’ minds when they approved it? You don’t have to wonder any longer. Justin Dec‘s short film, Boats, answers that very question.
The short film takes us inside a board room, where studio officials try to create their next big hit after Cars and Planes. When "Boats" pops up as an idea for a follow-up, the plot for the suggested sequel takes a backseat to the merchandise and the toys. Unsurprisingly, the only thing the executives seem interested in is making ‘boat’loads of money.
Most people have ranted about how sequels have become cash cows for studios to milk. However, no one has tackled this subject as humorously as Justin Dec. Though the film is a slightly exaggerated look at what goes on inside a board room, there’s obviously an inkling of truth in there.
Boats is witty, sharp and delightful, largely because of the dialogues. The film wastes no time and doesn’t try to play safe. In fact, it manages to make more of an impact in six minutes than most franchises do!
A large part of the film’s success is because of the noteworthy acting and dialogue delivery by the cast. Jim O’Heir is marvellous as the money-hungry top executive. His performance is further enhanced by his rapport with Clancy McClain, Taylor Miller and Denver Milord. However, it is Kevin Wu’s portrayal of the voice of reason that truly sticks out. His character serves as the perfect audience surrogate, voicing all of our concerns and frustrations!
Boats is cheeky, entertaining and painfully true. If you too, are suffering from franchise fatigue, watch the fantastic short film right here:
You can also listen to Sail On, the hilarious theme song for the imaginary franchise: