Not I is one of the short films for HIFF that you can see at GoEggit for absolutely free. It’s in a contest along with a few other shorts, so be sure to watch them and then vote for your favorite at the HIFF website. Voting over! The rest of the post assumes you’ve seen it already.
Not I wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. It started off well enough: a guy waits at the bus stop, falls asleep, and then hears a woman screaming. When the guy follows the source of the screaming, he sees a silhouetted man beating up this woman in an alley. At this point I was genuinely feeling some intrigue and anxiety. I was wondering what he was going to do and how he was going to handle this: what was going to happen? The film, unfortunately, decided to flounder around and do absolutely nothing with that opportunity, instead opting for some weird, unexplained ending. From what I understood, the guy or his evil twin was beating the girl up/it was the matrix/it was all a dream/it wasn’t a dream/the cake is a lie…or something along those lines. I literally said “Really? That’s it?” after I saw it (I don’t often talk to myself). It was a disappointment, if not a little comical.
Yes, I said the self-described suspense film was “comical”. The guy takes 10 hours (excuse the hyperbole) to find the girl, spends another 10 hours standing around making faces, and then spends the rest of the film crying/laughing behind a dumpster. All the while the girl is screaming at the top of her lungs (not even screaming “help”: just guttural screaming). That isn’t suspenseful or scary in the least. To be fair, I may be being a little too harsh. Maybe I didn’t get it or missed something important. Who knows? It might have been a good short that my mind just couldn’t comprehend.
I did think it was pretty cool they filmed in a location I easily recognized. Other than that, I was left disappointed in this short.