MAGGIE THE CAT
Roars & Purrs
‘The Gift’ takes place in Russia. It is CGI, but real human actors, Sci-Fi short film with a extremely intense chase sequence. The filmmaker have us more than 20 full CGI shots for ‘The Gift’. I thought it was animated, yet it was so perfectly real. It is real, though after watching, I felt otherwise. It does give one a sense of the talent of the filmmaker. The vehicles and some character designs were precisely detailed. It is filled with such an unusual atmosphere filled with sense of ominous peril. It is definitely not the regular Sci-fi short film one is used to. There is the question of ‘the unicorn’. What does it mean? When you watch you will get some understanding but don’t expect explanations. Why did the courier behave so strangely? What was he thinking acting so outrageously? Why did the A.I. behave the way it did?
It is a technological world, obviously, with A.I.’s all about. The three laws of robotics are”,1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except when such orders would conflict with the first law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.” These Asimov Laws of Robotics guarantee the A.I.s won’t turn against any human and they are in place to make human beings less fearful of A.I.s. In this tale, there is a magic puzzle box. What it contains makes one very curious. Causing a sense of wonderment if it is what is really being seen by the old man, the receiver of ‘The Gift’. Chaos ensues. A chase begins. An A.I. vs old fashion police cars with insane drivers. They are pursuing the A.I. riding the fastest, coolest motorcycle open to fill throttle. What happens next is touching, sentimental, and utterly strange. What the A.I. does on the bridge seems unusual. It appears to be showing signs of feelings. Reasons unknown. Raising more questions.
In the final scene, we are shown a young Russia boy looking down upon a frozen river. What he does see causes him to ponder with complete seriousness written on his face. – Cut. Exit stage left.
‘The Gift’ is a conundrum, a puzzle, an enigma. There is no certainty of finding answers, but it does create questions. Worth the short time watching if only for the elegance of the short film’s creation. Astonishing CGI.’The Gift’ will confound you, but it is worth the ride. As Bill Hicks said: “It’s Just a Ride”… – Maggie The Cat
Length . . . 4m 39s
Rated . . . PG 13: Violence, Police Chase, A.I. Intelligent Life, Crashes
Genre . . . Sci-Fi, Technological, Fantasy
Made 2011 . . Russia
“Parallel Lines” . . . Phillips Cinema Company
Director . . . Carl E. Rinsch