I stumbled upon this strange but fascinating short Science Fiction film last night called The Gift, and was so taken with it that I felt it might amuse you too… So here it is in all its strange and dreamlike being.
Actually, dreamlike is perhaps not the best word, nightmarish might be nearer the mark I suspect. This is one very strange and Kafkaesque film, with smatterings of all sorts of other types of action films. Insane car chases through the streets of Moscow (How did they do that? Is it all CGI I wonder?), a mysterious box presented as a sort of gift, murder, intelligent robots, a strange and silent man in an old army great coat who obviously has a mission of some sort, but what that might be is never made clear and a whole slew of other strange and dreamlike mysteries.
One of the comments posted on this video seemed to me (most unusually for a comment on Youtube!!) to sum it up rather well, so here is that comment to give you an idea of what you are about to see………………………
The device was ‘opened’ by a DNA scan of a piece of hair, which it destroyed during the scan. He only had a locket of hair in the small jewelry case. Perhaps the device is from centuries past and can ONLY be opened by the hair from the original owner? It might have been a way for a descendant to actually view their ancestors, maybe even communicate, but he was stabbed before he had the chance? The reference to the mystical unicorn only mimics the ancient belief that they were so rare that only two mating pairs ever existed at any one time. Indicating that the device was truly rare in a world where technology is extremely advanced. Either way it looks at though the device is useless with out the hairs to activate it. Interesting concept, left wanting. Very analogous to the ‘whats in the briefcase ‘ conundrum of Pulp Fiction, a physical thing or an ideal?
So I hope that all of the above will have whetted your appetite enough for you to sit still for the 4 minutes and 55 seconds that this film lasts, and more importantly, I hope you find it as curious and gripping as I did.
So here it comes, The Gift from the studios of the CG Brothers.
Odd, wasn’t it? But enjoyable too I hope?