Love, Death & Robots: The Witness – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

Zawora (Emily O'Brien) putting makeup on.
Zawora (Emily O'Brien)
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In The Witness, we get what feels like a pitch to a much more complicated movie.


Director(s) Alberto Mielgo
Screenplay By Alberto Mielgo
Date Released 3/15/2019
Genre(s) Fantasy, Mystery
Good If You Like Murder Mysteries
Isn’t For You If You Time Loops
Noted Cast
Zawora Emily O’Brien
The Man Ben Sullivan

The Witness Plot Summary

Zawora, an erotic dancer, is prepping for work when she sees a murder. Now, bad enough seeing someone die but the killer seeing you? This freaks her out and leads her to rush to work to get away, but with the man on her tail, it seems she might be next.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. What causes the loop?

Highlights

I Have Never Wished I Knew More About Different Animation Styles

Love, Death & Robots continues to prove there is a large world of untapped potential when it comes to animation. Outside of CGI, and kid-friendly entertainment, there is so much that can be done. The Witness is perhaps a great example as it shows what sometimes looks like live action animation, if not stop motion. Making me, and perhaps you as well, wish you had a firmer grasp on the style used with fingers crossed there are others out there, likely on YouTube or Vimeo, which use the same style.

On The Fence

The Missing Information

The Man (Ben Sullivan) after killing Zawora.
The Man (Ben Sullivan)

Unfortunately, while stunning to look at the story is barebones, and while there is an interesting twist at the end, we’re not told why there is a loop. Much less, is it an endless one or have these two been switching who kills who over and over? Also, when things are flipped, how does he find himself killing her?

Overall: Mixed (Divisive) | Available on Netflix

While the visuals seem like a cleanse on your palate, the story doesn’t fit into the less than 11 minute short. But, rather than leave you wanting more, you just hunch it off since at least you got something visually appealing. Hence the mixed label. For with The Witness just telling the barest of stories, it isn’t something you’ll remember for its writing. More so it will be the art style used which doesn’t necessarily compensate for the story but does help it stand out in the Love, Death & Robots series.


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