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Bad Seed

average rating is 4 out of 5


Jason Knight


Posted on:

May 30, 2024

Film Reviews
Bad Seed
Directed by:
Karan Sridharan, Yashaswini Nath
Written by:
Karan Sridharan, Yashaswini Nath

A man believes that some people are doing something bad to him.


This six-and-a-half-minute long film operates as a trailer, moving fast and containing many scenes. The main character is a young Indian man and judging from his accent, he probably resides in the United States. He suffers from blackouts and is determined to find out who or what is the cause and put a stop to it.


The film's narrative operates in a nonlinear fashion, showing the protagonist at various stages of his adventure. Beginning with him talking about his blackouts to what appears to be a psychiatrist, the film then shows him inside an underground train, then attending a speech given by an elderly man from East Asia who claims that people with blackouts are special. There, the hero meets a woman who states that she had lived multiple lives as a variety of women, before he goes to the desert to meet a mysterious guy who knows what is happening to him. The speech is not real time and consists of voice-over primarily by the main character and the unknown woman.


There are elements that would categorise this short in the sci-fi genre and what is real or not might be up to the viewer to determine. For instance, the woman that the man befriends has no face, so is that her true appearance or is it just the way the hero sees her? Then, there is radio equipment, from which two voices are heard and it sounds like they can control the man's life. As the story progresses, things get more and more tense and mind-blowing.


The production value reflects a high level of creativity. To begin, the editing is quite creative and the cinematography is wonderful. The filmmakers frequently utilise slowmotion and still images and the result is quite effective. All this is supported by a dynamic score that creates a montage filled with adventure and drama.


This short is fast and tense and it certainly catches the viewer's attention. It should be mentioned that there is a caption that explains that this video is a web series, therefore it is to be assumed that this is a trailer for that series and from its contents one could expect an exciting adventure with science fiction elements.

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Jason Knight
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