Misfire music video review

★★★

Directed by: Rakesh Jaitly

Starring: Hza Bazant

Film Review by: Jason Knight


Misfire is a music video directed by Rakesh Jaitly and starring Hza Bazant.


The video includes a narrative. It begins by showing a man (Hza Bazant) sitting on a couch in a living room. He has a laptop on his lap, headphones on his head and an electronic keyboard on the floor in front of him, giving the impression that he is a musician. He then leaves his apartment and is seen walking outside on the roads at night by himself. Suddenly a cable emerges from his sleeve. He removes it and walks back home. Once he gets there more cables come out of his sleeves and trousers, and cables also emerge from the couch he was sitting on before at move towards him. Eventually they get wrapped all around him and he appears to transform into another entity, body covered with cables and lightbulbs that are functioning and face covered by a white mask. The entity seems to perform a brief dance before rushing towards the camera. The video ends with a deja vu, showing the man sitting on the couch, with the same devices. He then gets up and slightly trips on a cable. The final shot zooms in on the man's face as he looks down at it, before fading out.


The video presents interesting patterns that combine the score that is played throughout with thee image. When the music reaches its strongest beat, the image becomes damaged and scratched for the duration of the beat, giving the video a dark, sinister mood. Also during these sequences, the ones that take place while the man is outdoors, the video cuts to moving shots of lights and roads during nigh time that superimpose by shots of the man having transformed into that bizarre entity. These sequences appear to inform the audience about what takes place later on.


The video could be partially categorized as a silent film. Not a single word is utterd from start to finish and the music contains no lyrics, leaving the viewer to make sense by interpreting what they see. There are also elements of horror, as visually most of the video is dark, with minimum use of lighting but it is mainly the transformation scene that gives it a horror perspective. The character transforms into a sort of robot and moves violently and looks at the camera menacingly before attacking it, and by doing that it also attacks the viewer. The transformation scene also resembles the famous one in An American Werewolf in London, due to facts that of course he turns into another being and at one point his knees and hands are on the floor while he transforms. The transformation though could also be viewed as a satire on today's society. This is because the 'monster' is made out of cables and lightbulbs, which are electronic, and at the start of the film the man interacts with electronic devices such as the laptop, headphones and keyboard. The transformation could imply that as in today's world people constantly use electronic devices and do not seem to be able to live without them, then the result of the transformation represents what everyone has now become: living robot.


Misfire has a running time of two minutes and twenty seconds. It is a short video but thanks to an entertaining score, a convincing performance by the protagonist and a well structured transformation scene, it provides the audience with a unique, surreal experience.

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