January 13, 2018

Short Film Saturday: Nano (2017)

It's got to be hard making short films, as no matter how great they may be, as they kind of disappear into the nether after their initial Festival Circuit runs are finished, if they are even lucky enough to get one.

That's why we've decided to showcase some of the many great Horror Shorts that are out there floating around the Interwebs: some are scary, some are fun, and every now and then, we even find one that's a work of art.

The bottom line is that plenty of time and effort went into making them, so they at least deserve to be seen, don't they?

"In the near future, nanotechnology administered into the bloodstream can sync with computer apps to augment the human genome. A new law mandating and regulating this once elective procedure meets resistance from hacktivists who are conspiring to thwart the impending roll-out of "Nano version 2.0."

When a good proof-of-concept short comes along, we get excited at the idea of a full-length version of what we just saw coming to fruition, and Nano has left us wanting more.

We live in a world where we already use microchips to keep track of our pets, so is it so crazy to imagine a time, and one not far off, where people will be chipped as well, enabling either the government or big corporations to do the same to us? I'm far from a conspiracy nut, but I'll be damned if that idea doesn't have a twinge of terrifying realism to it.

Nano is an impressive Sci-Fi Thriller that tackles that very idea. It would easily be at home as a segment on Black Mirror, both quality and theme-wise, and that's saying something. It's painted with cyberpunk and noir brushes to offer us a look into a world where everything from pleasure to our location is monitored by a Big Brother-like entity, and it strikes quite a chord.

It's also entertaining as hell, and not just because is stars the smoking hot Brooke Serene Butler.

Let's hope that after it makes the festival rounds early this year, that Nano gets picked up by a production company which allows its creators (who clearly put a lot of effort, skill and love into making this 16-minute long gem) the chance to show us their frightening vision of the future in feature-length.

Nice job, guys. And gals. Whatever the case may be.

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