When a young writer finds himself in a rut, he sets out to look for a distraction. But this one might just cost him his sanity…
Every story needs an ending, but anyone who has ever tried to write one knows that it’s always easier to pen the beginning than the end. Ethan (Ross Steeves), too, finds himself stuck while trying to write the ending of his story. When he finds a distraction in the form of a prostitute named Angel (Jolene Andersen), he enters a world of crime that is way bigger than him. Or so he thinks.
Distraction has both style and substance, but it is undoubtedly higher on the style quotient. Despite being an independent short film, it never seems like one. People who don’t know better might find it hard to tell the difference between Distraction and a big-budget thriller. In fact, a lot of the film’s elements would be right at home in a David Fincher film. Now that’s a compliment, if there was ever one!
Ross Steeves is remarkable as Ethan, the writer whose life starts imitating his art. However, Jolene Andersen steals the show with her performance. She is seductive, mysterious and stunning as Angel. Together, they add the right amount of drama and thrill to make the 10-minute film seem like a thrilling roller-coaster ride.
Distraction‘s only flaw is that it fails to make a lasting impression. It is noteworthy, but not particularly memorable. Still, it deserves to be watched. If you want to enjoy a sleek and stylish short film that’ll remind you of neo-noir cinema, don’t miss Stephen Schuster‘s short film: