The Thin Orange Line – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

A man and a orange bear dancing around.
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In The Thin Orange Line, we’re reminded how much a person’s childhood innocence still guides them when they are an adult.


Director(s) Aleem Hossain
Screenplay By Aleem Hossain
Date Released (Film Festival) 9/29/2019
Genre(s) Crime, Comedy
Good If You Like
  • Shorts
  • Crime Dramas With A Twist
Noted Cast
Detective Hart James Black
Billy Brian Silverman
Borange Bear Doug Brandl

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Plot Summary/ Review

It seemed like any other day. A cop, Detective Hart, was chasing down a dealer, Billy Krule, and we learned that the detective may not be as he appears. However, at the crossroads of being on the side of the law or yet another corrupt cop, an old friend, Borange Bear, tries to give Detective Hart one last chance.

Highlights

The Music

With writer/ director Aleem Hossain ingraining some of his culture into the short, it makes both the chase scene and end have a distinct tone. One that doesn’t allow the music to either drown out the action or be never mind. It is a true pairing that doesn’t scream to be heard but almost seems like an imaginary character like Borange Bear. Someone who is an active participant, even if not always seen.

The Death Of A Inner Child

Detective Hart (James Black) taking out his gun.
Detective Hart (James Black)

You remember Inside/Out, and what happened to Bing Bong? Let’s just say, while we don’t get to know Borange Bear to the point of experiencing a gut punch with what happens to them, it may mess you up a little bit. Maybe even forcing you to realize that, if the short was expanded, this moment could turn on the waterworks a bit.

Overall: Positive (Worth Seeing)

While admittedly strange, and what feels like a handful of scenes of a much bigger project, that is what shorts are. And what we get from The Thin Orange Line is a reminder that there is always that moment before you go down a path you can never retread. One that has it where your inner child, conscious, or something of that ilk, will try to save you. It’s just up to you to listen or else succumb to your own doing.

Hence the positive label. Though not much is said, a bit more than expected is felt. Leaving you wanting and hoping for more after getting a taste of Hossain’s style.

 

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