Mar 20, 2009


Elevated marks the first production directed by Vincenzo Natali, director of Nothing and Cube. Working tidily with minimalism and many restrictions, Elevated masterfully holsters tension in a convenient manner while letting it build up. The result is an entirely collected glimpse at true terror. With David Hewlett looking oddly like a neurotic, blood-soaked Devon Sawa, his performance elevates Elevated into the heavyweight championship of extremely tense and claustrophobic short films. Think about it this way, Elevated is the "Road Warrior" of unknown-horror short films and it's obvious to see the cinematic equivalent of photosynthesis for Natali's career in sizable horror phobias.

Ellen is on her way to the bottom floor of an unknown building. Along the way, a discomforting man named Ben tags along for the ride, mumbling guttural sounds. Soon, a security guard named Hank charges and screams into the elevator and insists on going to the top floor as so the "creatures" don't get them. From there on, it's an implied roller coaster ride into short endeavors and brief character development as we see who we should really fear; man or beast. Only after beginning to explain the nourished plot does the entire debacle of detail seem extraordinary. Elevated doesn't need to be narrated to be understand, in fact, quite the opposite. Elevated will unravel precisely aided only by time - 17 minutes to be near exact.

To reveal more claustro-horror shorts, might I recall memories of the terrifying and manic-depressive La Cabina which left me in awe at the surprising cleanliness of the whole unexplained ordeal. As you will witness here, Elevated will not answer questions. You could mope and complain, whinging on the lack of questions answered but by the end mark you'll be begging for more questions to be proposed. Elevated is short, to the point, uncomfortable, and entirely madcap with its performances of the three key characters; Hank, Ben, and Ellen. Elevated keeps it short, sweet, and utterly simple and that's how I want to present my review, except for the blue monochromatic light. Don't listen to me, watch it for yourself above. Thanks to his incredible filmography, I'm officially excited for his new film - Splice.


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