Making their way through the city, a rich businessman and a humble office worker are set to meet and discuss a lucrative deal. While the privileged business man sees himself as intellectually superior because of his status, the true extent of his education is brought into question when the two begin to discuss morals.

The first thing that becomes notable about the film is the lack of substance, with the majority of the run time focused on traveling to the meeting. These scenes serve to establish the class and mannerisms of its subjects, in showing their mode of transport and their dwellings. However, the film suffers from over-establishing the presence of a social divide. With minimal dialogue, there are various methods to intertwine it within the story, by use of flashback, or cuts back and forth. Adversely, dialogue can be interjected through random conversations with non-key actors to help give a greater sense of their personas. By taking the approach of not interjecting more dialogue or to restructure the existing, a slow build requires a profound conclusion. Unfortunately, although the questions posed showcase a filmmaker with a strong sense of morality, its delivery stunts any impact.

The visual and audio presentation is noticeably drab, with a muddied and poorly chosen color pallet, annoying looped music score, and sharp cuts between dialogue and background music. With this being Shoeb Sadik’s first short film, it is apparent that a deeper understanding of editing equipment is essential. The opening sequence does hold some visual intrigue, which gives hope towards improvement in any future productions.

The short film’s sentiment towards morality being an essential consideration within looking at someone’s intelligence, is an honest and sincere message. Unfortunately, the deliver is so tedious and patience testing, that it stunts any sort of impact that was intended, resulting in an end product that is noticeably amateur, and difficult to watch.

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Hello, my name is Adam Symchuk and I am from Canada. It was during my teenage years that I became fascinated with Japanese film, in particular, exploitation and horror. I carried my fascination with the genre with me as an adult and began to grow a deeper appreciation in various genres from Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China. I hope to grow my knowledge of film across Asia and will continue to explore this through my reviews.