We all know and applaud director Neill Blomkamp for the brilliance that was ‘District 9′, released in 2009. And we all remember the grim and brutal ‘Elysium’, starring Matt Damon, in 2013. The director has a knack for showcasing sci-fi in a way that lends a thrilling experience to every viewer.
Earlier this month Blomkamp began releasing short films from his home label, Oats Studio which is his experimental venture. Under the label, he released his first short film, ‘Rakka’ which was based on alien invasion; followed by Cooking With Bill which was based on a wacky infomercial gone horribly wrong. And following the league is Blomkamp’s latest short film, ‘Firebase’.
The film is based in the era of the Vietnam War. The plot follows American GIs who have been deployed in a rain forest where something dangerous lurks. As they search for some sort of evidence, they begin to find bodies with horrifying under growths in the skin. As the film goes on, they start to find footage that shows tanks and planes suspended and floating in mid-air. On the involvement of the CIA, the party is faced with the River God—a supernatural creature who seems almost invincible.
The plot follows various twists and turns that leave you gripping your chair tighter than ever as the scenes unfold. The starting scene opens with the body of a disfigured soldier propped and tied up in the rainforests. It gets more graphic as the film rolls on. Fans of Blomkamp’s District 9 will have a field day with his latest film! Be warned though, this movie is graphic beyond anything you know and you will want to squeal and squirm at the realness of the imagery. And if you have delicate heart, well, make it strong. Grab the popcorn. And while you’re at it, a safe blanket just in case the River God gets in…