Directed by: Jonell Rowe
Written by: Jonell Rowe
Length: 8 minutes
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When Malcolm (Leon Dean) takes his driving test with his examiner, he ends up within a driving nightmare. The sat-nav, that new laws now require him to test with, has begun acting out of place. As he and Claudette (Marion Barron), his examiner, continue the test without the use of the sat-nav it suddenly springs back to life. Only now it seems to have a personality of it's own. Pleasant but sinister we quickly find out.
With no choice in the matter, Malcolm gives up control of the car to the navigation computer. With no way out, the 2 occupants simply have to wait and see where the car is taking them. And why. Things get even stranger when the sat-nav begins showing clips of Malcolm and his buddy; and eventually climax as they turn onto Collision Drive. This is where the computer lets us in on it's little secret.
Collision is a short film written and directed by Jonell Rowe. It serves 2 purposes, with the first being it's science fictiony story of a car with artificial intelligence. The second is a tribute to a loved one, and the story arc influence is easily spotted. Rowe's story is all the more sinister, because it's not so far off the wall as to be unbelievable. I have no problem taking the role of the car as another individual. It really makes me wonder what technology will actually look like in another 10 or 20 years. If Collision is any indication, it's a scary thought. Almost enough to classify this title as a horror flick.
Dean and Barron do a good job acting out their roles. All is not perfect, but for the most part, the characters are believable and real. Both do a great job at playing flawed human beings, especially Leon Dean, who's character has the most to lose in this title.
With a length of under 8 minutes, Collision isn't a film that drags. It's a great example of what can be achieved with a good idea and not much else. Someone give Rowe a real budget for a film, and just see what happens. I have a feeling it would be well worth it just as Collision is worth checking out.