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Fantasia 2020

[Fantasia] ‘Fall Out’ review: Simplicity at its finest

Cold as ice.

Fall Out from South Korea is a short film playing at the Fantasia Film Festival. The story follows the lives of tenants of an apartment after a nuclear plant fallout. The film touches on many of the familiar themes seen in post apocalyptic tales.

In order for a movie about a dystopian future to truly work, there has to be a high sense of desperation conveyed to the audience. This is usually done by showing how far people will go for things that are currently taken for granted. In Fall Out, the item is ice.

What makes the story effective is its minimalist storytelling. Fall Out mainly focuses on one family. The audience is given an idea of how their days play out and how dangerous the world is. Director Chung Jae-hoon also uses washed out colors to fully get across how much the world has changed. The look of the film will have anyone watching craving some ice.

The story does not do anything new. It impresses in the simplicity of everything. From the family strife to the lengths the characters will go to for a basic item, audiences will have seen most of it before. The real charm in Fall Out lies in its willingness to remain true to its elementary core right down to its ending.

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