Title: The 716th
Director: Andrew Bowen
Starring: John Asher, Andrew Bowen, Drew Curtis
What It Is: Set in 2072, two medics decide to save two soldiers on an alien planet against the orders of command central.
What We Think: It’s a fun little project, something that one can easily read from the director’s enthusiasm and the energy of this Star Warsian/Trekian short. The actors give good delivery and flesh out the characters well. The low-budget special effects are good, as well as the style and creature design. It aims to be fast-paced, which during some moments can be confusing due to heavy and incomprehensible sci-fi jargon. Otherwise, it makes a good start for what is clearly a very personal project that you can tell has much more story to behold.
Our Grade: C, it’s not the most refined or original short, but it’s effective as a pilot for what could be a watchable web-series with some nice production design.