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Mission: Fourty Percent

by Pips and Squeak

Two struggling students pull off an elaborate heist for the greatest of all scores - the neighbour's wifi password. Also, there's a cat Also, there isn't really a cat.


As non-deliberate as it probably was, spying on someone from a tree immediately made me think of John Lovitz in LITTLE NICKY, but here the team was spying on their neighbour with the attention of securing a wifi password.

This was done with a very elaborate, borderline conspiracy plan...but the film was very slow paced. Sound was generally decent, performances were fine and script had some good humour. Technically I loved the POV shots but almost the entire rest of the film being wide or medium shots just put me at a distance with the action.

The big one for me that held this back was the pacing. The rapidfire dialogue to start proceedings then came crashing down when an age was spent with the static shots in the house looking for the cat. The ending fell flat for me also.

Small scale stories are fine in this comp, but the script needed work to provide some more dramatic beats, urgency and engagement for me.

Story: 1/5
Technical 2.5/5
Elements: 2/5
Overall: 1.5/5

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