Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Rating: 5/5 Graves
The Knowledge, written and directed by Alexander Osman, is a short-horror film set in London about a serial killer who runs into his own problem. Masked as a barrister (i.e. attorney), the serial killer hails a taxi on a side street and speaks with the taxi driver during his ride home. However, what appears to be a normal encounter soon becomes much more as both individuals soon realize they have something in common that will change both their lives forever.
The dark atmosphere and the psychedelic cut scenes create an eerie and exciting environment that creates a perfect addition to an already unnerving story. To facilitate the dark aura, the script and dialogue played perfectly in reflecting the differences between the two main characters. As a horror film, Osman was able to incorporate some gore and body pieces into the film which gave his work an additional appeal from a horror perspective.
An eerie and unnerving story
It was clear from the outset of the film that Osman as well as his production crew placed a tremendous amount of effort in producing the most professional and high-quality film possible. The video quality is exceptional and was a pleasure to view. The sharp quality of the camera work allowed Osman to maintain a decrepit atmosphere which enhanced his film as a whole.
As an avid true crime fanatic, The Knowledge takes a common topic and goes above and beyond the subject matter of traditional serial killers. Few films explore the idea of what happens when two individuals who share something in common are conflicted and ultimately compete with one another. From the beginning, I was drawn into this idea of taking two psychotic individuals and finding out what happens. As a feature film, there could be so many possibilities where to take this story.
Often, short films are hit or miss when it comes to presenting a story in such a short time from start to finish. With a run time of a little over thirteen minutes, The Knowledge delivers an intriguing story that sucks you in within the first couple of minutes. Even when the film ends, The Knowledge leaves you wanting more.
In conclusion, Grave Reviews gives The Knowledge 5 graves out of 5 graves. If this film was a pilot or an attempt to see how it would be perceived, it certainly is intriguing and interesting enough to be a full-length feature film. We look forward to seeing what direction the director takes this in.
About the Director
Alexander Osman is a writer, producer and director. He has worked on multiple works including The Little Place in Gospel Oak (2014), Beneath the Surface (2015), and Come Home Soon (2016). His works have mainly focused on short films. Presently, Mr. Osman is showcasing his latest work, The Knowledge to various film festivals. A list of his works can be viewed at IMDB.
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