Monday, February 26, 2018

Oscar Project 2018: DeKalb Elementary

Movie: DeKalb Elementary

This short film is about a school shooting - it's going to win, I assume, because of the timing - and it does an AMAZING job of creating tension. I could barely make myself sit through it. Unfortunately, it also has a terrible message - basically, that mass shooters just need people to be NICE to them and if a shooter is successful it's because the targets didn't say they loved him. As he was trying to kill them. Now, this film is based on a specific real incident, and I get that it's mirroring what happened there. And it's great that he was stopped in that case! But it seems really irresponsible to hold that up as a model of how it "should" go and therefore kind of blame victims. It just left a really bad taste in my mouth.

Availability: Find out how to see the shorts here.

Nominated In:
Short Film (Live Action): Ehhh. It was well-made but, well, see my issue above.

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