Review: Mountain

Writer-Director Johnny Herbin tackles a subject better suited to a full length feature but manages to make it click into a tight 7 minute run time. While there’s a slight feeling of being left wanting more, beautiful cinematography and a story that takes us on a journey at a natural pace help this short film become a success.

The scope (the mountain) articulates is huge and really hits home the entire idea of the soldiers feeling lost and losing track of time.

The three soldiers trapped behind enemy lines all give solid performances in such a limited time frame. Wam Siluka Jr. runs the show successfully and does what every actor worth their buck can do effortlessly; selling the emotions of their character without saying anything. Silence can be deafening and in Mountains it only helps increase the films message. It mirrors their isolation and the sense of being lost and scared extremely well. The titular mountain is just as impressive as the actors. The scope it articulates is huge and really hits home the entire idea of the soldiers feeling lost and losing track of time.

…elements such as the acting and cinematography are high in quality and improve the overall effectiveness of Mountain.

The narration at first comes across as rather jarring, however, as the films progresses and gets darker, it blends into the storyline much more effectively. As mentioned, Wam Siluka Jr. and company convey their emotions successfully that perhaps limiting the voiceover could’ve had more of an effect due to the expert ways they manage to tell us what’s happening without saying a single word.

Mountain reaches for the stars but sadly doesn’t touch them. It’s still a very well crafted piece of art, it just fails to met the potential it possesses. Johnny Herbin’s ambition should be commended. He’s taken a subject that is extremely difficult to condense down and successful got it into 7 minutes. As a whole, the film doesn’t come off entirely successfuly, however elements such as the acting and cinematography are high in quality and improve the overall effectiveness of Mountain.

7/10

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