There is a requirement for very short films - have something smart to say, or at least a brilliantly pointed way to say it. Some films work at 3 minutes, and others most certainly don't.
Ashley Pollard's O Brother is a hilariously short three minutes of absolute brilliance.
Luke Bovino plays both brothers in this wonderful short. One, Shane, is a simple and joyous human being who is happy just to be alive with a brother in his life. Tim is a smalltime criminal, who happens to be trying to keep a low profile. When Shane is waiting around, sometimes he doesn't realize what he's gotten himself into, or what he's getting his brother into, and that can spell trouble for Tim.
The power of this short is Bovino's reactions to, well, Bovino. It's well shot, it's well edited, and it's very well acted, but what is most amazing is that in three minutes Pollard delivers the kind of short that most filmmakers spend 20 or 30 minutes trying to duplicate. There is little wasted effort, and that's key to these tiny films.
Within the world of short films, you can only find a few examples of three-minute movies that make the most out of every second as oh brother does, and even fewer that are such a joy to behold.
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