There are very few short films that touch your soul and leave you in tears. Sidekick is one of them. Beautifully directed by Jeff Cassidy, Sidekick is a story about a family stricken with a tragedy and how they convey it to their young son. The concept of the film is novel and will definitely strike the right chord with its audience. Stars such as Emily Bett Rickards and Tom Cavanagh (of the Arrow and Flash fame) are simply a cherry on the cake.
Sidekick starts off with the central characters, Josh Dallas and Emily Bett Rickards traveling in car along with their kid. But something is amiss. Josh is driving unfazed as Emily is sniveling in the front seat, something's clearly not right. Unhinged by all this is their son who is playing with two action figures in the back seat. We switch back to an earlier time frame, where the couple is debating if they should tell their son about ‘it’. What’s ‘it’? Watch the movie to find out.
It’s a lovely piece of work from the director to keep the suspense alive. You really do not know what this film is all about til the final act. Even though it’s just 15 minutes long, it keeps you hooked and guessing for its entirety. Tom Cavanagh does justice to whatever little on-screen space he had. If we are being nit-picky about things, then we feel the special effects could have been a tad bit better. They don’t hamper your experience in any way but it’s just disappointing that it could have been on par with the direction. Discussing anything else would be doling out potential spoilers so simply watch this beautiful piece of cinema here: