“Noah,” is a short film created for the Toronto International Film Festival. The creators are film students Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg. The film was created entirely on a computer and explores the life of the protagonist Noah.
The basic premise is Noah is about to do a long distance relationship with his girlfriend. They are talking and you can tell there is distance, as he is watching Porn while they skype with each other, and suddenly her connection drops as she is voicing her second thoughts. From here the story unfolds.
Here is the assessment of the film:
Pros: The idea – A film entirely done on a computer with people interacting with one another through the computer…this is awesome! It shows the passing of time, the different mediums of communication (Skype, Facebook, Chat) and how they limit and increase knowledge shared.
The Time Jump – After Noah does something horrible it jumps forward in time and we see time passing on the computer. This is brilliant and we see how he and everyone has changed or moved on. This is brilliant and is actually executed really well.
Noah’s Fall – Noah has a great fall in this. After he thinks his girlfriend is going to breakup with him he breaks up for her by making her single on her facebook and begins stalking the reactions of two of her friends. After he leaves for a while and we see him later on Chat Roulette seeking human connection. It is sad he is hitting on 13 year olds and trying to connect with a girl who just isn’t interested. It ends with him turning the computer off.
Okay: The Writing – It sort of has that overly familiar feel of how people would talk in a movie…even online. For example, his girlfriend uses numbers in words as does his best friend…but it is done way too much. I talk to my friends and none of them talk that way. I think it was meant to capture High School of this current generation…if so, dear God I fear for the way writing will be changing in the future. I’ve thankfully seen no one type or talk like that.
The characters – They are all kind of cliches, and think this is where it being done by kids in film school really comes out. They are figuring out characters and they do alright, but everything is extreme. Would Noah really be watching porn while Skyping with his girlfriend and showing her lolcats instead? I don’t know anyone that dense. The girlfriend also doesn’t come off as that deep of a character (same with the best friend), because of this I had no reason to care about any of them beyond connection to the main character through what is implied and pictures.
This film had a lot of potential, I just wish the other characters had more motivation and were more fleshed out and that Noah wasn’t so extreme. This is still a film I’d recommend though. It looks like it was a lot of fun to make and it is a great glimpse into a character’s life in the modern era.
Final score for this film is 6 / 10