Down to Sleep

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2011

Written and Directed by Ryan Lieski

Jessica is a melancholy teenager who works at an exotic pet shop and cares for her terminally ill father. With her father’s impending death and disconnection from her older sister, she is perplexed by the idea of death. This leads her to overly morn the life, or lack thereof, of a goldfish during which she comes across an awesome yet terrible power.

This film is cast well and feels emotionally charged; however, with the exception of a few instances, the story is boring. Even if the audience cares about the characters (which is no easy task in its own regard), it doesn’t matter if they don’t care enough to pay attention to the story. This 45 minute short only manages to become interesting around the final 15 minutes when Jeff, played by Stephen Grey, becomes a major character in the story. Jeff is a nearby filmmaker who has lost his cat and shows interest in Jessica.

This elements manifest to form a disturbing tale that takes quite some time to get going.

Rating: 5/10

This film was screened at the 2011 Buried Alive! Film Festival.

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