JULY 18, 2023
How much running time does one need to make a meaningful, sick-twisted movie, being at the same time vulgar and edgy? Precisely five minutes and fifty two seconds... this is all it takes to blow the mind of every viewer watching one's short.
Eli Stern’s second film is a piece of what modern cult fiction should look in the context of our continuously changing generations. Even though it is quite short, it will take you from A to B being sure it will blow your mind second by second.
The motto of the film surprised us because rarely do we see nowadays someone quoting from Anatole France. But this quote is not only the motto of the short; it is the storyline compressed in less than 10 words.
The score is very good – it has the power to push the emotions of the viewer to a certain point where adrenaline rushes out of the veins and mixes with the story. Also, in terms of cinematography, 'Whiskey Sour' is very well calibrated. There are almost no blind spots, everything looking neat and highly professional.
Another thing that we loved in this short was the story. Although is quite compressed, the main idea remains unharmed. The movie becomes a bit easier to understand once you realize that it's essentially a black comedy dressed up as a crime drama. But something always goes wrong, some small unexpected accident that causes the whole situation to come tumbling down, leading the increasingly desperate hit-man character to absurd measures.
Even though we hoped for more digressions in this short, it is very hard to play a crazy game in less than six minutes. As we’ve seen in other movies, none of the characters say something in a simple, straightforward way – the game they are playing consists of making sharp statements.
What is 'Whiskey Sour's purpose exactly? We're not sure, but it does deal a lot with the theme of power in every way imagined. Eli Stern created an amazing movie that each and everyone of us should watch at least once.
Review written by Vlad A.G