I can’t remember too many films I’ve seen lately that are as minimal as this impressive short film.
It offers stark images, little movement of camera — or even of its characters — and no dialogue.
Instead, most of its grainy, black and white images could easily be stills and it is all held together by its narration — which is deliberately low key and somewhat awkward, with lots of distortion and background noise, like a cheap and tinny tape recorder.
Somehow it all works to wrap us thoroughly in the narrator’s dull and apathetic wait for the right 4:50, when the inevitable will happen.
The Attack Of The Robots From Nebula-5 won best short film honors at the Chicago International Film Festival and at a number of others, and even got an honorable mention at Sundance.
But once you’ve seen the film, you’ll understand why: it is eerie and unsettling and leaves the audience with far more questions that its director, Chema García Ibarra, is willing to answer.