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Take a Hike: Short Film Review

Us Filipinos always had this this fondness in making fun of the precarious mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationship. But have we ever thought about the other side of things: specifically the dynamic of the son-in-law and father-in-law. The short film "Take a Hike" tackles that issue with some melodrama and some comedic twist. Read our full analysis of "Take a Hike" (you can also catch the full short) after the break.

Adam (Taylor Brandt) is the boyfriend of David's (Todd Terry) daughter, Christie. The two are on a hiking trip due to Christie's insistence. We soon discover that David hates Adam and thinks he does not deserve his daughter. Adam on the other hand tries to prove that even with all his faults, he sincerely loves Christie with all his heart. Will the dynamic duo ever find their way out of the woods and will they ever resolve their issues against each other?

The biggest asset of "Take a Hike" is its premise and its dialogue. The premise may not be original, but the combination of the setting and the other plot elements make a very deep and emotional experience for an 11-minute short. Another positive thing is the scenery which, for a short film, was simply beautiful. Ironically, the short's comedic twist takes a back seat (as this won best comedy in a film fest). While some may think that's weird, we think it just shows how this short is well-balanced in terms of the overall experience.




Rating: 4 and a half reels







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