About – Two friends who are interested in finding the “god particle” go on a journey to find it.
Director and writer Mark Schwab, delivers a brilliant drama/sci-fi/mystery with Thin Places. It starts off with a conversation between two friends that are in a deep topic. We are intrigued on the ins and outs of this chat. We are thrown straight into the middle of this built-up adventure, which is ideal to have in a mystery for the narrative to carry on. Mark, has a clear understanding on how to deliver a drama mystery, that takes our interest from the start.
Thin Places has two central and only characters. The main character is played by Mark Balunis. We have flashbacks to him in a white room talking to a mysterious voice and then cuts to him and his friend on the search for the “god particle”. The performance was brilliant, you really felt comfortable with this character. You also felt engaged in the adventure that both sets of characters were leading.
The use of the flashback can be uncomfortable in a short film. However, Thin Places makes it obvious what is happening, which puts us at ease. The use of the black and white flashback is very suitable for what it is trying to convey. The sense of limbo comes to mind when these flashbacks happen, which is an indicator of what has happened to the characters in the main storyline.
Schwab has established that low budget indie films don’t need to have a massive budget. The cinematography and the score are key within indie films and Schwab has truly delivered that brilliantly. The cinematography and the use of local locations are stunning, they’re breath-taking. The score brings the whole film together, it enhances the mystery that Thin Places proceeds to be.
Overall, Thin Places has its flaws but they’re nothing too noticeable. From an indie film that is a sci-fi/drama/mystery it is brilliantly put together. If you are a big fan of the sci-fi genre and conspiracies then this is a film for you.