In The Thin Orange Line, we’re reminded how much a person’s childhood innocence still guides them when they are an adult.
|Screenplay By||Aleem Hossain|
|Date Released (Film Festival)||9/29/2019|
|Good If You Like||
|Detective Hart||James Black|
|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.
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
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.