Nothing is better than a movie that simply and succinctly conveys its idea. 405 does just that. In three minutes, Bruce Banit and Jeremy Hunt deliver a thrilling, super-realistic look at a commuter's worst nightmare. A driver (Hunt) is alone on the freeway when he sees a plane in his rear view mirror. The freeway is empty because the plane is making an emergency landing. Even worse, the plane ends up landing on his car. Why doesn't he just steer out of the way? Because it wouldn't make 405 as enjoyable as it is.
Hunt and Banit are both visual effects artists for television shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. The only costs incurred in the making of 405 were personal time and electricity. All the special effects came from their home computers, clocking in at 300, 450, and 500MHz, and LightWave 3D, Digital Fusion, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Premiere, and Fusion. Basically, with a little bit of money and talent, anybody can do this. Trey Parker and Matt Stone got their start from a small South Park short. Hunt and Banit already have a deal to direct a music video, and more will surely come.
The plane and Jeep blend in seamlessly. It looks frightening true-to-life. Just think of what these guys can do with a studio backing their efforts with some big bucks. There are a few glitches, but who cares? The music is great, there is a little touch of humor at the end, and best of all, it is free for streaming over the Internet. 405 is one of a new breed of film - maverick filmmakers make what they want with their meager resources and put it on the Internet for anybody to download. Some say that it is the future of movies. Perhaps. A lot of what is out there is pretty bad. But in the meantime, just sit back and enjoy the three-minute thrill ride.
|Mongoose Rates It: Pretty Good.|
|2 minutes, 58 seconds, Not Rated, but one act that may make it a PG-13.|
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