Cyn (2007)
Cyn (2007)

Genre: Thriller Running Time: 5 min.

Release Date: January 18th, 2007 MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Director: Alex Ferrari Actors: Stephaine Michaels, Josh Randall, Frank Rodriguez, Derek Latta




yn,” a five-minute short film by director Alex Ferrari, makes use of professional logos and exquisite title and end credit sequences – though they seem longer than the film itself. Despite this more-than-adequate appearance and access to graphics programs, the story itself falls into that classic predicament in which it is merely a chapter from a much longer story. And, indeed, it’s something of a test for a feature project that Ferrari is also mulling over.

Set in a moody, broken-down basement, two hired thugs ponder what to do with a tied up young woman as they wait for their boss to make an appearance. The audience might be intrigued by the curious (though conventional) characters, but by its conclusion, they’ll still be waiting for more. It’s far from resolute and serves primarily as an introduction. Additionally, while the production value is higher than typical, no-budget student films, the tone here feels prosaic and redolent of “Smokin’ Aces” or “Lucky Number Slevin.” It’s more of an attempt to duplicate existing styles than a stab at an original idea.

The acting, though decent considering the filmmaker’s resources, is noticeably forced. Makeup, lighting, and costumes are similarly appropriate and occasionally compelling, but the cinematography is slightly too dark and grainy – perhaps a purposive decision by the director. In addition, the dialogue sounds recycled and cliched, even if used sparingly. But credit is definitely due to Ferrari, who has created a film of a visual quality that most would assume impossible for his budget and time restrictions.

The major problem with many short films (most notably student short subjects) is that the purpose and focus of the story isn’t proportionate to the amount of screen time. No matter what the length, a story should have a beginning and end (even if that order is artistically manipulated) – and viewers should be aware of it. Giving them too many details or complications will result in confusion; too little will lead to boredom or frustration (and, in some cases, vice versa). “Cyn,” despite its many noble attempts, falls into the latter category.

– Mike Massie

  • 5/10