The 36 minute long thriller is full of action and packed with explosions, shoot-outs, car chases, rocket launchers and even a fighter jet! All of this is even more impressive considering that the entire film was shot independently by a crew of only 3 people and on a budget of just 15k.
Now The Cure is heading to the Shorts Mexico Film Festival on September 6 in Mexico City. This is another exciting opportunity to highlight the film and its powerful message about faith in the darkest of times.
In the near future, a mysterious virus has taken over a large portion of the world's population.Upon contamination, it kills the host within a day. There is no permanent cure, only a temporary serum that resets every 24 hours.Special forces mercenary Noah's young daughter is one of the infected. When a permanent cure is stolen from a top-secret lab by a mysterious terrorist organization,Noah is recruited to retrieve it and ultimately save his daughter's life.What starts as an already dangerous mission turns into a deathtrap when the terrorists' bring fifteen armored vehicles filled with a hundred trained killer armed to the teeth with assault rifles, grenades, and even a rocket launcher. On top of this, the covert government organization that hired Noah might also have ulterior motives for the cure. Now Noah has to race against time to protect the one thing that can save his daughter's life as the chase turns into a symphony of ultraviolent action; filled with vehicular carnage,...
Wirklich schön gefilmter, stylischer Kurzfilm, mit ein paar schönen Einfällen. Gibt fast durchweg Action in der halben Stunde, mit coolen Baller-Szenen (inkl Blutspritzer auf der Kamera). Erinnert mit den Satellitenbilder-Einspielern und bei der Art wie die Verfolgungsjagden inszeniert sind fast ein bisschen an Bourne, Bond oder Ronin. Die CGI-Effekte bei den Crashs etwa, geht für das verhältnismäßig geringe Budget in Ordnung. Aber eben dafür ist der ganze Kurzfilm wirklich beachtlich.
An action short film made for only $15K and with a three person crew that manages to rival Hollywood. Not a perfect film, there are plenty of glaring issues, but the vast majority has a stellar execution. The people involved clearly have a firm grasp on editing, cinematography, sound design and visual effects, so I would love to see them tackle a feature length film.
It was impressive short movie for a small budget and crew. But some scenes are too much. I think it would be better without some plane scenes and car crash scenes. Anyway I'm excited about chapter 2...
On the surface, this short documentary film is likely to seem benign and hopeful to many viewers. Jeffrey Drew, the Los Angeles-based long-term survivor living with HIV at the center of the story, comes across as warm and generous. The film appears to highlight his selflessness in participating in an experiment that required stopping approved antiretroviral therapy (ART) and receiving an experimental intervention that is suggested to be a potential cure for HIV.
In HIV, the market is crowded with daily regimens, which have become simpler and safer since effective ART was first developed in the mid-1990s. The incentive for companies now is to develop regimens that require less frequent dosing (see the recent approval of Cabenuva injections), and a cure would be the ultimate intervention for avoiding frequent dosing. Hence several big pharma companies do have HIV cure research programs.
The concerns the film articulates about the high cost of medicines and unethical pharmaceutical company practices to extend patent life are very real, as is evidenced by the high cost of brand-name hepatitis C cures. There is every reason to worry that an HIV cure would be priced prohibitively, at least initially, but there is no obvious reason to think this is more likely to be the case for a cure developed by big pharma versus a biotech like Enochian Biosciences.
Most frustratingly, studies have found that belief in this type of conspiracy narrative about big pharma blocking (or hiding) cures is most prevalent among populations with valid historical reasons to distrust medical research, and is associated with lower adherence to HIV treatment. And lower adherence is linked to higher levels of inflammation and a greater risk of illness and death compared to people who maintain adherence. So while the film articulates concerns about how the high cost of HIV treatments can exacerbate healthcare disparities, it is at the same time promoting conspiracy beliefs that lead to healthcare disparities.
A good source on this topic is the updated International AIDS Society Towards an HIV Cure Global Scientific Strategy, which was published on December 1, 2021 in the journal Nature Medicine. A plain language explainer is also available from HIV i-Base. Treatment Action Group maintains an online listing of HIV cure-related clinical research, which currently includes more than 90 interventional trials.
The film had an opportunity to investigate and shed light on the experiment Drew is participating in (and potentially also the process of HIV cure research generally), but sadly it completely fails to do so.
Mal St Clair, the wronged valet and husband, is known from silent films, but as a director. St Clair bounced around early as an office boy at Universal and a cartoonist on The Los Angeles Express before getting in at Keystone. Tall and skinny, he started in front of the camera but eventually ended up directing. Soon helming shorts for Buster Keaton, and Mr. & Mrs. Carter De Haven, he teamed up with a young Darryl F. Zanuck and created the first hits of canine star Rin Tin Tin.
Short and sweet, The Camera Cure owes a debt to previous shorts like With a Kodak (1912) and Fatty at San Diego (1913), where a photograph or newsreel footage is used to expose the made-up story of an errant husband. This theme would turn up in later comedies, most famously the Laurel & Hardy feature Sons of the Desert (1933). 59ce067264