It Began Without Warning (Short, SXSW 2017)
Starring Erik Barragan, Richard Barragan, Tlalis Barragan
Directed by Jessica Curtright and Santiago C. Tapia
Sooner or later, one of those films, be it short or long in duration, is going to leave you scratching the flesh off of your scalp with it’s confusing manner…kind of where I’m at right now.
Co-directed by Jessica Curtright and Santiago C. Tapia, It Began Without Warning doesn’t waste any time in its depiction of brutal violence as we see a young woman choking to death on her own blood as a man (presumably her husband), sits near her with hammer in hand, ready to deliver another bludgeoning blow. It’s only a precursor, however as we then see a young child ready to defend himself in the nearby kitchen, and with only a 5 minute duration, I’ll keep a lid on the rest of the minutiae – trust me, you’ve got to see the rest of this one to decipher for yourself.
Both Curtright and Tapia employ the gore factor to a respectable extent, and for that I’ll stand up and applaud any ol’ day of the week, but the insanely cryptic depiction of the evil at hand (or in hand, in this case) is one that will have your skull hurting when it’s all said and done. As far as the finished product is concerned? Hey, I dug it for sure, but this seems as if it was an activity that begs to be expanded upon – let’s just see what the future brings, but for now I need a cold beverage to soothe my fried gray-matter – WHOA.